Another CNRP Activist in Jail as ‘Insurrection’ Arrests Continue

Police arrested another opposition CNRP figure Thursday morning for breaking bail conditions related to his alleged involvement in a July 15 protest at Freedom Park that turned violent, and which the courts have labeled an attempted insurrection.

Tep Narin, a CNRP activist in his 30s, was arrested at Phnom Penh municipal police headquarters, where he is required to check in twice a month as part of a court order.

“Today, we just implemented the court’s warrant by arresting only one person, Tep Narin,” deputy municipal police chief Chuon Narin said, declining to comment further.

Mr. Narin was charged with joining an insurrection shortly after the July 15 protest to “Free the Freedom Park,” for which more than a dozen CNRP officials have now been hauled before the courts and imprisoned, most since released. Mr. Narin joins two opposition officials who remain jailed over the protest.

His arrest Thursday closely follows that of Meach Sovannara, chief of the CNRP’s information department, who was apprehended Tuesday for his alleged role in the July violence.

According to Oeur Narith, mass movement coordinator within the CNRP’s public affairs department, Mr. Narin’s bail conditions stipulated that he report to municipal police headquarters twice a month, which he failed to do in October.

“[On Thursday], he got a call from police ordering him to report [to the headquarters] and now he has been arrested,” Mr. Narith said, adding that Mr. Narin missed both appointments in October because he was busy with work.

Mr. Narith said Mr. Narin was questioned Thursday afternoon by Phnom Penh Municipal Court Investigating Judge Keo Mony.

“After the questioning was finished, the court decided to detain him in [Prey Sar] prison,” he said.

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