Health of Jailed Cambodian Opposition Official in Freefall Since Transfer to Prey Sar Prison: Wife

The health of a jailed former official with the banned opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) in Cambodia’s Banteay Meanchey province has rapidly deteriorated since his transfer to Phnom Penh’s notorious Prey Sar Prison to await an appeal of his conviction, his wife said Tuesday.

Chao Veasna, the 55-year-old former council deputy chief for Banteay Meanchey’s Poipet commune, was sentenced to five years in prison in 2018 for “incitement to violence” after a protest four years ago in which transportation workers—angered over import taxes—hurled rocks at the Poipet Customs Department building and were dispersed when military police fired warning shots and beat participants.

He was elected to his position during Cambodia’s 2017 commune elections while in prison awaiting his trial, but was removed after the country’s Supreme Court dissolved the CNRP in November of the same year for the party’s alleged role in a plot to topple the government.

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