Arrest warrant for exiled Cambodian opposition leader

An investigating judge has issued an arrest warrant for the leader of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) for violating a lockdown by calling on people to revolt against stringent health measures aimed at curbing the Covid-19 pandemic.

Justice Ministry spokesperson Kim Santepheap said the arrest warrant was issued following a complaint filed by the General Commissariat of National Police after Sam Rainsy posted a video on his Facebook page on April 24 calling on people to revolt against the lockdown measures.

He also urged people not to follow “the incitement made by convict Sam Rainsy” while speaking at a press conference announcing a seven-day extension of the lockdowns in Phnom Penh and nearby Tak Mao following the third community outbreak known as the February 20 Event.

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