Cambodia’s political exiles sit in limbo as Phnom Penh strong-arms regional neighbours

Malaysia has released three Cambodian political exiles it detained this week at the request of Phnom Penh, while the country’s opposition leader has been prevented from boarding a flight to Bangkok from Paris — thwarting their attempt to go back home.

Sam Rainsy, a former Cambodian finance minister and leader of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), was barred from boarding a Thai Airways flight destined for Bangkok from Paris despite holding a ticket in his name, which he posted on Twitter.

In Malaysia, CNRP vice-president Mu Sochua was detained on Wednesday night at a Kuala Lumpur airport, ahead of her planned return home to join Mr Rainsy and lead anti-Government demonstrations on Cambodian Independence Day this Saturday.

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