Ministry of National Defence Condemns Sam Rainsy’s Treasonable Act

The Spokesperson of the Ministry of National Defence of Cambodia has issued a statement, strongly condemning and opposing Sam Rainsy, the former president of the dissolved opposition party, who has entered an agreement to cut off Cambodian territory to the Montagnard.

We, all the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces, regard this agreement with Kok Ksor, United States-based head of the Montagnard or Degar � an indigenous group in central highlands of Vietnam � to cut off Cambodia's provinces of Mondulkiri, Rattanakiri, Stung Treng and Kratie to the Montagnard by Sam Rainsy, former president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) in 2013 as a national treason and violation of the constitution, said the statement dated Mar. 15.

This is an unforgivable act, underlined the same source.

The Ministry of National Defence also expressed its support to the measures taken by the Royal Government of Cambodia and the competent authorities at all levels against this treasonable act, and called on the judiciary body to take strict action and severely condemn Sam Rainsy according to the law.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen urged for thorough investigation into this case following leaked video footage and other documents on Facebook proving potentially 'severe treasonable act' of the self-exiled Sam Rainsy.

The clip from 2013 � posted on Rithy Erng's Facebook account on Mar. 6, 2018 � capturing Sam Rainsy assuring to Kok Ksor that under the CNRP-led government, the Degar people will live as free citizens of Cambodia, their forests, their mountains will be returned to them as the masters of the land [...].

Self-exiled Mr. Sam Rainsy co-founded the lately dissolved CNRP on Jul. 17, 2012 and resigned from it on Feb. 11, 2017. He has spent most part of his political life overseas, including through self-exile to avoid legal sentences.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press