Cambodia Charges Two More Opposition Members With ‘Plotting a Coup’

Authorities have charged two more members of the banned opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) with “attempting to stage a coup” after they expressed support for party chief Sam Rainsy’s return to Cambodia from self-imposed in November.

Srean Sreang, a CNRP activist in Kampong Cham province, and Mao Vibol, the head of the CNRP in Svay Rieng province who fled to Thailand following the party’s dissolution, were charged with planning to overthrow the government under Article 453 of Cambodia’s Penal Code for organizing a welcome for Sam Rainsy, prosecutors from their home provinces said in a statement on Thursday.

The two men were also charged with “incitement to commit offenses,” prosecutors said, adding that they “might be pardoned” if they come forward and “confess their crimes in a timely manner.”

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