Cambodian Court Charges Activists Who Voiced Support For Opposition Chief Sam Rainsy With ‘Treason’

A court in Cambodia’s Ratanakiri province on Tuesday charged two activists with the banned opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) with “treason” after they posted messages of support for the return of acting party president Sam Rainsy from self-imposed exile.

Authorities arrested Ngin Sophat, the CNRP’s provincial secretary for Ratanakiri, and Thoeun Bunthorn, the CNRP’s head of operations for Ratanakiri’s Banlung city, on Sept. 21 amid a flurry of arrests targeting party members since Sam Rainsy announced that he plans to return to Cambodia on Nov. 9 to lead a “restoration of democracy” in the country.

Ratankiri Provincial Court spokesman Keo Peisoth on Tuesday confirmed to RFA’s Khmer Service that the two men, who are currently in detention awaiting trial, had been charged with “plotting to cause serious unrest to society.”

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