KNLF Member Detained, Two Suspects Released After Arrests

One member of the Khmer National Liberation Front (KNLF), a government-labeled terrorist group, who was arrested at a news conference this week was sent to court on Thursday morning for questioning after police claimed there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

Meanwhile, two people also detained at the event on Tuesday were released without charge after police were unable to find any concrete links with the KNLF.

Ditlim Sopheawattei leaves the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Thursday after being released. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily) 

Sim Vuthy, deputy municipal police chief for Phnom Penh, said there was an outstanding warrant for Thuy Vy along with exiled KNLF President Sam Serey.

Mr. Vy, 29, is “Minister of Agriculture” in Mr. Serey’s “government in exile” he launched from Denmark last year.

Mr. Vy was sent to the municipal police station last night and would be returned to the court for questioning today, he added.

However, Ditlim Sopheawattei, 42, and Khun Sawakkhet, 69, a representative for the little-known Inter-Races High Commissioner Organization, were released “after we investigated and found they were not related to the Front,” Mr. Vuthy said.

Mr. Vy is the latest KNLF member to be facing the law for his affiliation with the group.

In December, the Phnom Penh Municipal Court charged 11 members of the group over 2014 plotting charges, despite most renouncing their support for the KNLF in court.

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