Some Airlines Deny Receiving Government’s Rainsy Warning

Some international airlines said this week that they had not been warned against bringing exiled senior opposition leaders back into the country, seemingly contradicting earlier statements by the Cambodian government.

Chea Aun, spokesman for the Civil Aviation Secretariat, said earlier this week that all 47 airlines servicing the country had been briefed in a meeting at the secretariat last Friday that bringing CNRP acting president Sam Rainsy into the country “would become a crime of conspiracy.”

Rainsy, who has promised a November 9 homecoming but failed to board a flight from Paris to Bangkok on Thursday, faces several court cases against him, including a charge of “attack,” or commissioning acts of violence against state institutions.

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