Opposition Leaders in Limbo as Obstacles to Planned Cambodia Return Mount

The plans of Cambodian opposition party leader Sam Rainsy and another top party official remained in limbo Thursday after the two were blocked from traveling to locations in neighboring countries they hoped to use as springboards for a return home from self-imposed exile this weekend.

Sam Rainsy, the head of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), said he was prevented from boarding a Thai Airways flight from Paris, France to Thailand’s capital Bangkok, while CNRP deputy president Mu Sochua was detained for around 19 hours while attempting to travel to neighboring Malaysia, which officials there said followed a request by Cambodia to deport her.

Sam Rainsy told RFA’s Khmer Service that a Thai Airways employee at Paris’ Charles De Gaulle Airport had informed him the company’s management had blocked his passage to Thailand, but said he had purchased another air ticket to an undisclosed location in a neighboring country, and would “find a new way … to enter Cambodia” to lead protests against Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government.

In full: https://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/malaysia-cnrp-11072019095225.html

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