3 Arrested for Distributing Anti-Hun Sen Leaflets

Two men and a woman arrested Saturday by the Interior Mi­ni­stry for allegedly disseminating an­ti-Hun Sen leaflets were sent to the Phnom Penh Mu­ni­ci­pal Court Tuesday and charged with spread­ing disinformation, court and police officials said.

Thach Samnang, 44, and fe­male suspect Tri Non, 41, were ar­rested in Banteay Meanchey prov­ince’s O’Chrou district, while Thach Ngoc Seoung, 46, was arrested in Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district, a police official said Tuesday on the condition of ano­nym­ity.

Municipal court Chief Pro­se­cu­tor Ouk Savouth said the case against the three has been handed over to an investigating judge. He declined to comment further.

Chhay Sinarith, director of the Interior Ministry Information De­partment, who is investigating the leaflet drops, declined to comment.

Hundreds of leaflets containing anti-Hun Sen propaganda have been dropped in Phnom Penh, Ta­keo and Pursat province since earlier this year. The leaflets, at­tacking the prime minister’s policies and calling for his arrest and trial, have baffled police, who have refused to speculate on the identity of those behind the operation.

Tuesday’s court appearance of the three suspects followed the latest drop Aug 30, when more than 120 leaflets were dumped out­side garment factories in Phnom Penh’s Dangkao district, deputy district police chief Born Sam Ath said.

The leaflets, which accused Hun Sen of leading Cambodia in­to poverty and betraying the na­tion’s royalists, were distributed at 2 am and removed from the streets by authorities at 6:30 am, Born Sam Ath said.




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