PM Urges Thorough Investigation into Suspected Treason Case of Mr. Sam Rainsy

Cambodian Prime Minister has urged for thorough investigation into suspected case of self-exiled co-founder of the dissolved opposition party Mr. Sam Rainsy entering an agreement to cut off Cambodia's northeastern provinces to foreigner.

Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen made the urge yesterday when presiding over an official inauguration of Koh Pen Bridge � another bridge over Mekong River � in Kampong Cham province.

The call for legal action by the Prime Minister followed leaked video footage and other documents on Facebook proving potentially 'severe treasonable act' of Mr. Sam Rainsy.

As suggested by the said clip and documents, Mr. Sam Rainsy in 2013 entered an agreement with Mr. 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.

The clip from 2013 � posted on Rithy Erng's Facebook account on Mar. 6, 2018 � capturing Mr. Sam Rainsy assuring to Mr. Kok Ksor that under the Cambodia National Rescue Party (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 [...].

Spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice H.E. Kim Santepheap told AKP that, Based on the constitution, Cambodia's territory cannot be divided. Those who dare to divide the territory will be put behind bars. According to the Article 440 of the criminal code, Sam Rainsy is accused of national treason which would cost him a life imprisonment.

Samdech Techo Prime Minister Hun Sen anticipated a proper legal process by the Ministries of Interior and Justice in investigating the case that he called 'a huge case and obvious treasonable act'.

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