Former Opposition Official Held Incommunicado by Cambodia’s Ministry of Interior

A former official of Cambodia’s banned opposition party arrested over what authorities claimed was a “debt to a microfinance institution” is being held incommunicado inside the Ministry of Interior in the capital Phnom Penh, his wife said Tuesday.

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 Tuesday, Soun Chanthu said that she had learned her husband is being held at the Ministry of Interior and that he was being refused a meeting with his family members, adding that she is worried about his health because he suffers from hypertension.

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