An activist supporting Cambodia’s banned opposition party has been detained on charges of violating forest protection laws, though his wife says the arrest was politically motivated.
Nem Nath was taken in by police in Pursat province on Thursday, his wife Srey Saoroth told RFA’s Khmer Service on Friday. She said the authorities unfairly targeted her husband because he supports the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP), the main opposition of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) until the Supreme Court dissolved the CNRP in 2017.
“He’s a CNRP supporter. He is known publicly for supporting them,” she said.