Prime Minister Hun Sen vowed Wednesday not to spare anyone implicated by an investigation into a series of attacks against the government.
On Sunday, Hun Sen ordered military and intelligence officials to investigate allegations reportedly leveled by SRP defectors who have accused the opposition party of involvement with the Cambodian Freedom Fighters, the so-called Angkor Empire Movement and a 1998 attempt to assassinate the prime minister.
Speaking at a bridge inauguration ceremony in Kandal province, Hun Sen said the innocent need not feel intimidated by the investigation and warned unnamed nongovernmental organizations to not criticize the probe.
“I would like to leave a message to those who are concerned about the criminal investigation…please do not be scared,” Hun Sen said. “We are investigating according to the law…. If you are afraid, it means you did [wrong],” he said.
“NGOs who have agendas against the government, please do not talk. You are biased. The criminal cases must not be hidden,” he added.
The SRP issued a statement Wednesday calling on the ruling CPP and the prime minister to cease threatening the opposition. The statement noted that Hun Sen ordered the investigation based on allegations from SRP defector Lek Bun Neagn, whom they accused of being a “political tool” of the CPP.
“Allegations against the SRP that implicate it with any violent activities are not acceptable because the SRP does not have that policy or violent culture,” it said.
CPP National Assembly First Vice President Nguon Nhel said the CPP received the alleged plot documents from the SRP defectors, and wanted only to check their veracity.
“Samdech [Hun Sen] only wants a thorough investigation. We want justice,” he said.
Licadho founder Kek Galabru said by e-mail that Licadho is concerned by the investigation.
“Licadho is very concerned by these allegations,” she said. “We are very concerned that alleged crimes which occurred years ago are suddenly being blamed on the SRP. This is hard to believe,” she wrote.