Court in Cambodia Charges Former Opposition Official With ‘Incitement Against the King’

A court in Cambodia on Wednesday charged a former official of Cambodia’s banned opposition party with inciting the public against King Norodom Sihamoni, days after police arrested him over what they claimed was a “debt to a microfinance institution.”

Sok Chenda, a former member of the Cambodia National Rescue Party’s (CNRP) now-dissolved Prey Veng Provincial Council, was taken into custody at his home in Kram village on Monday and sent to an undisclosed location in the capital “without a warrant,” his wife Soun Chanthu told RFA’s Khmer Service at the time, echoing reports of similar tactics used by police to arrest party members in recent months.

On Wednesday, the Phnom Penh Municipal Court announced that Sok Chenda had been charged with “incitement against the king” and ordered him detained awaiting trial.

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