Cambodia Opposition Activist Dies in Fall From Police Motorbike During Arrest

An activist with the banned opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) died Wednesday while being taken into custody by authorities for “plotting a coup” in connection with the return of acting party president Sam Rainsy from exile, according to a family member.

Sam Bopha, 50, from Svay Rieng province had been involved in an argument with her husband after his father—a former elected official with the CNRP—“confessed” to authorities about Sam Rainsy’s planned return on Nov. 9, which the opposition has said is part of a bid to “restore democracy” in Cambodia.

Sam Bopha’s father-in-law filed a domestic abuse complaint against her with the police, who came to detain her at her home on Wednesday, but she was killed after she fell from an officer’s motorbike en route to the local station, her brother Sam Dina told RFA’s Khmer Service.

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