Hun Sen rescinds order to arrest political analyst Seng Sary

Prime Minister Hun Sen has backtracked on his order to arrest political commentator Seng Sary after having previously accused the analyst of supporting former opposition leader Sam Rainsy’s suggestion to form a shadow government.

Hun Sen wrote on his Facebook page on Monday that, having clearly listened to an interview that Sary gave to The Cambodia Daily on Saturday explaining that his previously published six-point analysis on Rainsy’s proposal was just “analyzing a scenario”, he now believes that Sary’s work was both reasonable and acceptable.

“On behalf of the head of the government, I appeal to the court to consider halting the arrest warrant on Dr. Seng Sary,” he wrote. He encouraged Sary to continue his research and social analysis in the interest of social science. The prime minister also wrote that Sary’s family members should not worry anymore.

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