Cambodia Arrests Former Opposition Official Over ‘Debt to Microfinance Institution’

Authorities in Cambodia arrested a former official of the banned Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) on Monday over what they claimed was a “debt to a microfinance institution,” according to his wife, amid an ongoing government crackdown on the opposition.

Sok Chenda, a member of the CNRP’s now-dissolved Prey Veng Provincial Council, was taken into custody at his home in Kram village and sent to the capital Phnom Penh “without a warrant,” his wife Soun Chanthu told RFA’s Khmer Service, echoing reports of similar tactics used by police to arrest opposition members in recent months.

“They came to arrest my husband after 3:00 p.m. and took him to Phnom Penh,” Soun Chanthu said of the large group of authorities who surrounded the couple’s home.

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