Cambodian opposition lawmaker charged for border remarks

(From AP)

Cambodian police have charged an opposition lawmaker, who has been a strong critic of the government’s handling of demarcating the border with neighboring Vietnam, reviving a campaign of pressure Prime Minister Hun Sen launched last year against his foes and critics.

Opposition lawmaker Um Sam An is led in handcuffs

Opposition lawmaker Um Sam An is led in handcuffs

Um Sam An was arrested Monday and charged Tuesday, apparently in connection with his remarks last year on the border issue. Journalists were not allowed into the court.

He was charged with incitement to commit a criminal act and inciting prejudice against another country and faces up to five years in prison if convicted, said his defense lawyer Sam Sokong. The charges carry penalties of up to two years in prison and three years, respectively.

One of his colleagues in the Cambodia National Rescue Party, Sen. Hong Sok Hour, is facing trial on several charges after making similar criticisms last year implying that the government failed to counter land encroachment by Vietnam, Cambodia’s traditional enemy. Read More

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