Cambodian Government Denies Allegations of Political Intimidation

Phnom Penh – Cambodian political observers say intimidation has been a widely used tool in the government for decades but that recently, there has been a shift in the practice to ensure the ruling party wins the next national election.

Scores of former opposition members and activists were summoned to court, self-exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy was sentenced to prison, and a group that included opposition supporters was interrupted while eating traditional Cambodian noodles.

Authorities say the summoning of opposition members was needed to investigate alleged illegal activities and the disregarding of court orders.

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