Thailand Denies Cambodian Opposition VP Mu Sochua Entry Citing ‘Security Concerns’

Authorities in Thailand have refused entry to opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) vice president Mu Sochua citing “security concerns,” she said Tuesday, after she flew to Bangkok to assist in preparations for the return of acting party president Sam Rainsy to Cambodia next month.

Mu Sochua left Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur just after 3:00 p.m. on Sunday and arrived at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok around 4:30 p.m., but was prevented from entering Thailand by immigration police who told her that the Thai government believes her presence in the country could “lead to social turmoil or affect security.”

The CNRP vice president was forced to return to Kuala Lumpur around 8 p.m. the same day, she told RFA’s Khmer Service, adding that “negotiations are underway” with officials to allow for Sam Rainsy and other party leaders to enter Thailand and cross the border into Cambodia on Nov. 9 to lead what they have termed a “restoration of democracy” in the face of a crackdown by Prime Minister Hun Sen.

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