Cambodia threatens action against cult leaders

The Cambodian government will not prosecute members of a doomsday cult but has warned legal action could follow if hundreds of followers, who believe the world is about to end, are denied the right to leave by self-declared Brahma (heavenly king) Khem Veasna.

The Ministry of Justice said that even if followers were lured to the farm in Siem Reap province, they could not act in regards to the cult because people had chosen to travel to the farm and join the cult voluntarily.

“There is nothing we can do about this,” Justice Ministry spokesman Chin Malin said, adding there were no laws to charge anyone in regards to the cult because people had the freedom to choose.

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