Cambodia Charges Former Opposition Official With ‘Incitement’ as Calls Grow For Loan Relief

A court in Cambodia’s capital on Tuesday officially charged a former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) commune councilor with “incitement to commit a felony,” a day after Prime Minister Hun Sen vowed to “eradicate” the opposition party’s local network for allegedly seeking to topple his government.

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court charged Sun Thun, who currently works as a teacher, under Articles 494 and 495 of Cambodia’s Criminal Code and remanded him to Prey Sar Prison awaiting trial, his son Sun Theany told RFA’s Khmer Service.

Sun Thun, who regularly called into RFA talk shows to express views critical of the government, was taken into custody on Monday and sent to the court wearing nothing but a krama, or traditional Khmer scarf, his son said. After he was sent to Prey Sar on Tuesday, a court official notified Sun Theany that the Prison Department had suspended visits due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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