Cambodia Court Detains Opposition Activist Over Facebook Post, Pending Bail Hearing

A court in Cambodia’s capital on Friday ordered a member of the banned opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) detained pending a bail hearing after questioning him over a post he made on Facebook last month, which said the European Union plans to impose a tariff on Cambodian rice.

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court had earlier questioned Svay Rieng province-based CNRP activist Kong Mas in connection with charges of “insulting the government” and “incitement to commit a crime” based on his Facebook post, which also contained comments critical of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s regime.

After the proceedings, Kong Mas’s lawyer, Sam Sokong, told RFA’s Khmer Service that the court judge ordered his client detained in Prey Sar Prison ahead of a bail hearing next week.

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