The co-founder of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), Sam Rainsy, has called on countries “that respect democratic principles” to ignore the arrest warrants outstanding against him and seven other colleagues.
“I call on the governments of countries friendly with Cambodia, and especially those countries that respect democratic principles and human rights, to disregard the arrest warrants against eight leaders of the Cambodian opposition,” the CNRP “acting president”, wrote on Facebook on Saturday.
In March, a Phnom Penh Municipal Court investigating judge issued arrest warrants for eight senior leaders of the former CNRP, including Rainsy, deputy presidents Eng Chhai Eang and Mu Sochua, and former lawmakers Long Ry, Men Sothavarin, Ou Chanrath, Tok Vanchan and Ho Vann. They were charged with “plotting” and “incitement to commit a felony”.
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