A digital echo of the Khmer Rouge haunts phones in Cambodia

A pattern of phone taps, leaks and arrests is reminding some Cambodians of Pol Pot’s tactics.

Last month, two members of Cambodia’s forcibly dissolved opposition party — the Cambodia National Rescue Party — were arrested and charged with incitement, defamation, and violating a Supreme Court order.

When Sun Bunthon and Nou Phoeun were brought in by the police, they were surprised to hear them read out a transcript of a private phone call.

The men had spoken about the political situation, encouraging the return of the party’s exiled co-founder Sam Rainsy, who has been charged with treason and a host of other politically motivated crimes.

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