Family of Cambodian Opposition Activist Who Died During Arrest Calls For Expedited Probe

The family of an activist with the banned opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) who died three months ago while being taken into custody by authorities called Friday on court authorities to expedite an investigation into her case and provide them with justice.

Sam Bopha, 48, from Svay Rieng province had been involved in an argument with her husband in October last year after his father—a former elected official with the CNRP—“confessed” to authorities about acting party chief Sam Rainsy’s planned return on Nov. 9 to “restore democracy” in Cambodia, which the government had labelled part of a “coup attempt” and ultimately blocked.

Sam Bopha’s father-in-law filed a domestic abuse complaint against her with the police, who came to detain her at her home, but she was killed after she fell from an officer’s motorbike en route to the local station, her brother Sam Dina told RFA’s Khmer Service at the time, suggesting that the arrest appeared “politically motivated” because of the large police response to a family dispute.

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