Cambodia Orders Arrest of Exiled Former Opposition Leader Upon Return

Sam Rainsy left Cambodia in 2016 facing a number of lawsuits filed by senior officials.

Phnom Penh – Immigration officials have been ordered to arrest Sam Rainsy, the former leader of the Cambodia National Rescue Party, if he follows through on pledges to return to the country.

Rainsy faces charges of treason linked to questionable allegations that he and the CNRP’s president, Kem Sokha, conspired with the United States to overthrow Prime Minister Hun Sen. Sokha was jailed in September 2017 on the same charge.

In a letter to officials last week, Kirth Chantharith, the immigration department director, ordered officials to secure international border checkpoints in the event that Rainsy attempted to enter the country unannounced.

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