Friday, July 18, 2014

Police Arrest Two More CNRP Officials

The Cambodia Daily

Police arrested Long Ry, head of security for the opposition CNRP, and Nuth Rumduol, a CNRP lawmaker-elect, Thursday afternoon, according to Mr. Ry’s wife, bringing to eight the number of CNRP officials who have been charged and detained since an opposition protest turned violent on Tuesday.

Chea Sokuntheany, Mr. Ry’s wife, said that police, in civilian clothes and on motorcycles, surrounded her family’s house at about 3:40 p.m. Minutes later, Mr. Ry received a call from Phnom Penh municipal police chief Chuon Sovann informing him that a deputy police chief would be arriving at the house imminently to take him in for questioning, Ms. Sokuntheany said. 

Minutes later, three police cars arrived at the house, and a deputy municipal police chief walked to the door with a warrant for the arrest of Mr. Ry, also a lawmaker-elect, and Mr. Rumduol, who was with Mr. Ry in the house.

“My husband and His Excellency Nuth Rumduol were in my house and they did not resist police,” Ms. Sokuntheany said. “Police told me they are taking him to police headquarters.”

Four CNRP lawmakers-elect, including the party’s public affairs chief Mu Sochua, were arrested on Tuesday after opposition supporters viciously retaliated against Daun Penh district security guards who had attempted to break up a protest to “free the Freedom Park.”

Another lawmaker-elect, Real Camerin, was arrested in Battambang province early Wednesday morning. An assistant to Ms. Sochua was pulled out of a car and arrested near the Phnom Penh Municipal Court later that morning.

On Wednesday evening, the Phnom Penh Municipal Court announced that the group, including Mr. Ry and Mr. Rumduol, were charged with insurrection and incitement to commit a felony, both under aggravated circumstances, according to lawyers on the CNRP’s defense team.

If found guilty, the group, which includes dual citizens of the U.S., Australia, New Zealand and France, faces up to 30 years in prison.

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