Six members of the banned Cambodia National Rescue Party who fled Cambodia this week ahead of likely arrest have now applied for political asylum outside the country, one member of the group told RFA on Monday, speaking from an undisclosed location.
The six were charged with incitement after making public statements in December and January in support of plans by acting party chief Sam Rainsy, now living in exile in Paris, to return home to challenge the ruling Cambodian People’s Party’s (CPP) grip on political power, and had been ordered to appear in court for questioning in the case.
Speaking to RFA’s Khmer Service on March 11, Maon Sarath—chairman for the CNRP’s political wing in exile in Bangkok, Thailand, and a member of the group—said that applications for asylum for all six have now been accepted for review by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
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