Arrest of Cambodian Political Party Chief Over Vietnam Border Claims Marks Second in Two Weeks

Suong Sophorn’s arrest follows the formal charging of prominent union leader Rong Chhun.

Authorities in Cambodia arrested the head of a small political party on Friday following comments he made criticizing the government’s handling of a border dispute with neighboring Vietnam—marking the second such arrest in as many weeks.

Suong Sophorn, the president of the little-known opposition Khmer Win Party (KWP), was taken into custody from his home in the capital Phnom Penh by police who failed to produce a warrant, party spokesperson Yin Yoeun told RFA’s Khmer Service.

“Suong Sophorn was arrested and sent immediately to Phnom Penh Municipal Police Headquarters without any warrant,” he said, adding that “everyone was stunned by the arrest.”

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