Cambodian Authorities Release Opposition Activist on Bail Following Aired ‘Confession’

Authorities in Cambodia’s Kampong Thom province released an activist with the banned opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) on bail Friday after he “confessed” in a televised statement to taking orders from the party’s acting president Sam Rainsy to organize a coup.

Ros Kimsreang, a CNRP Youth Movement Leader, was freed on bail by the Kampong Thom Provincial Court after he confessed to recently meeting with Sam Rainsy in Malaysia, where he said that the CNRP chief ordered him to “gather youth forces to fight back against the authorities.”

“Recently, Sam Rainsy continued to appeal to people to revolt against the government and [King Norodom Sihamoni]—this is treason,” Ros Kimsreang said in the confession, which was recorded on video by the government’s spokesman unit and later aired on Television Khmer, a private government-affiliated television station.

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