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Clemency sought for exiled Cambodian leader

Cambodian Independent Teachers Association President Rong Chhun.

Publication Date : 22-01-2013


Cambodian Independent Teachers Association President Rong Chhun asked Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday to drop charges against exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy.

He also called for the release of detained Beehive Radio owner Mam Sonando, Khmer Civilisation Foundation President Moeung Sonn and land activist Youm Bopha to mark the King Father's funeral next month.

"Cambodians respect and praise the late King Father Norodom Sihanouk as the father of independence, territorial integrity, national reconcilliation and unity," he said in a letter to the prime minister.

"During the final farewell for the late King Father, please help … drop charges against Sam Rainsy, and release Mam Sonando, Moeung Sonn and Youm Bopha."

Hun Sen and other government officials have frequently rejected calls to drop charges against Sam Rainsy and Mam Sonando during the cremation ceremony on February 4.

The Ministry of Justice announced earlier this month that at least 400 prisoners would be released or have their sentences reduced to mark the royal funeral.


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