Cambodian opposition politician charged after winning seat

Candlelight Party says 20-year-old charge against Thach Setha is politically motivated.

An opposition Candlelight Party candidate who was elected as a commune chief at recent elections has been charged with robbery over an incident that allegedly took place, and was resolved, more than 20 years ago.

Thach Setha, the Candlelight Party’s vice-president, told Radio Free Asia (RFA) that the arrest and charges were politically motivated and related to the seizure of property for debt repayment.

“Nhim Sarom took a motorbike from a man who owed him money. He took the bike to the police station to try to find a solution,” Thach Setha said. “The two men later reconciled and the problem was resolved. This is political intimidation.”

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