Cambodian opposition politicians arrested ahead of senate polls

Thailand arrests three Cambodian refugees ahead of PM Hun Manet’s official visit.

Two senior members of Cambodia’s opposition Candlelight Party have been arrested ahead of the Senate elections to be held on Feb. 25, as a further three Cambodian refugees were detained in Thailand ahead of a visit by Prime Minister Hun Manet.

Hak Kosal and Ma Chenda, both executive committee members for local districts in Phnom Penh and registered election officials, were arrested without a warrant, the Candlelight Party said in a statement.

“This is yet another intimidation image aimed at discouraging people from participating in political activities with the Candlelight Party and provoking an awful environment ahead of the Senate election,” it said.

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