Autistic Son of Jailed Opposition Member Says He Was Beaten in Custody by Police

The teenager had been arrested for ‘illegally entering a prohibited place.’

The 15-year-old autistic son of a jailed member of Cambodia’s banned Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) said Tuesday he was beaten by police while in custody after being arrested for entering the party’s abandoned headquarters to collect flags.

The son of former senior CNRP member Kak Komphear was arrested by local police after he entered the party’s old headquarters in Phnom Penh’s Chak Angre Leu district on Sunday by climbing over a fence, according to the authorities.

The boy was released Tuesday without charge after being forced to sign a letter confessing that he had been “wrong to illegally enter a prohibited place” and vowing to refrain from doing so in the future. Government-affiliated media outlet Fresh News later posted a video of him reading the confession aloud on its website and apologizing for “causing mischief.”

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