Critic of Cambodian Strongman Hun Sen Flies to Finland After Getting Political Asylum

Cambodian political commentator Kim Sok flew to Helsinki with his daughter on Thursday after gaining political asylum in Finland, following weeks of being in hiding in Thailand under threat of arrest for his criticism of Prime Minister Hun Sen.

“We were assisted by the UN and IOM (International Organization for Migration) Thailand officials, who have seen us off at the Suvarnabhumi Airport. We will be landing in Finland this evening,” Kim Sok told RFA’s Khmer Service by telephone from Bangkok’s international airport.

Kim Sok, 38, was jailed on Feb. 17, 2017, after Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen accused him of implying that the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) had orchestrated the 2016 murder of popular political pundit Kem Ley.

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