Cambodian PM asks Vietnam to extradite Sam Rainsy

Hun Sen says the outlawed opposition leader plans to enter Vietnam disguised as a tourist with a French passport.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen says outlawed opposition leader Sam Rainsy is planning to enter Vietnam on a French passport and has asked the government in Hanoi to arrest and extradite him back to Cambodia where he faces life imprisonment.

Sam Rainsy, leader in exile of the banned Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP), was expelled last week from Malaysia where Hun Sen claimed he was plotting “to cause social chaos” ahead of the July 23 general election.

“He planned to enter Malaysia, but he failed. He also planned to enter Thailand and Vietnam by disguising himself as a tourist using a French passport,” he said on June 5. “So if he dares to enter Vietnam, I would like to ask Vietnam to extradite him to Cambodia.”

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