At Least 74 Opposition Activists and Members Released After Hun Sen Directive

Justice Ministry spokesperson maintained that the release of 74 people had nothing to do with the EU Commission’s EBA report.

Following Hun Sen’s directive to court officials on Thursday, at least 74 Cambodia National Rescue Party activists and members were released on bail as of Sunday evening, many of them jailed for allegedly aiding opposition leader Sam Rainsy in a coup plot.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Hun Sen directed judicial officials to release opposition activists and members, though reports suggest some non-CNRP, high profile detainees have also been released on bail. Human rights workers and CNRP lawyers confirmed that 74 people had been released on bail as of Sunday.

This includes CNRP former officials, security guards at the party headquarters and grassroots activists from across the country. This included arrests not linked to the CNRP, such as youth activist Suong Neak Poan who was released on bail Friday, after being arrested in July for participating in a memorial service for slain political commentator Kem Ley.

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