Cambodia Arrests Another CNRP Activist, Ahead of Khmer New Year

Authorities in Cambodia have arrested a former government official affiliated with the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), RFA learned on Wednesday in the latest in the government’s crackdown on former members of the now-banned political party.

Chhum Chan, who had been the provincial commune councilor in Prey Veng province before the CNRP was banned in late 2017, was arrested by the provincial police and the Ministry of the Interior on charges of incitement and attempting to topple the government. He was sent to a detention center in Phnom Penh immediately following the arrest, his wife and a local NGO said.

His wife Chhorn Sinoeun told RFA’s Khmer Service Wednesday that police tricked her husband, only saying that they needed to question him when they asked him to come to a district police station in Prey Veng’s Peam Ro district, offering no indication that he might be arrested.

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