Government Admits to Monitoring Opposition Officials ahead Of Sam Rainsy’s Return

Cambodian observers have long expressed concern over the government’s surveillance capabilities.

An Interior Ministry official said the government was using phone surveillance to track the movements and potential return date for exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy, who is expected to return to the Kingdom on November 9.

Interior Ministry spokesperson Khieu Sopheak said the government has the capability to find out the exact time and location of Sam Rainsy’s return, as long as opposition members used their phones to communicate with each other. This monitoring and surveillance would help the authorities arrest Sam Rainsy once he entered Cambodian soil, he said.

“Now we know where he is. And even if he returns on the 5th or 6th or 7th or 8th or 9th [of November], we will know it all. Therefore, our preparation is not difficult,” he said.

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