Prime Minister Hun Sen on Saturday said his request to have the supporters of former opposition leader Sam Rainsy and his “coup plot” released on bail was not made under international pressure.
Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of 34 roads in Preah Sihanouk province, Hun Sen said the release was leniency for the 72 activists who had been cheated by ringleaders, including Rainsy, the “acting president” of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP).
“Because the planned coup was a failure, I forgave the 72 that had been arrested. We released them on bail.
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