Cambodian court drops charges against CNRP activists

The decision follows a letter requesting Prime Minister Hun Sen's intervention.

A Cambodian court has dropped charges against 10 activists from the outlawed Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) after they sent a letter to Prime Minister Hun Sen abandoning their former leader Sam Rainsy.

According to a dispatch from the government-friendly Fresh News service, charges of conspiracy and incitement to cause serious social unrest were dropped against former CNRP youth president Yim Sinorn, who currently resides in South Korea, and nine others.

The 10 were charged after Sam Rainsy attempted to return to Cambodia from abroad in late 2019 and stage a popular uprising with the aim of ousting Hun Sen. That was thwarted after airlines refused him access to flights into Cambodia.

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