CNRP President Kem Sokha has been arrested for “treason”, according to a government statement.
The leader of the opposition was arrested at his house in the Toul Kork area of Phnom Penh at*12.35am*on Sunday, the statement said.
CNRP President Kem Sokha speaks to opposition members at the party’s headquarters in Phnom Penh in April. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)The government said it had evidence linking Mr. Sokha to a secret plot to “harm” the country, according to the statement released on media outlet Fresh News.
“The Royal Government of Cambodia informs that according to a video clip broadcast on CBN (Cambodian Broadcasting Network) in Australia and other evidence collected, it clearly shows secret plans of a conspiracy between Kem Sokha, others and foreigners to harm the Kingdom of Cambodia.”
“The above act of this secret conspiracy is treason,” added the statement.
The government appealed to people to remain calm and allow the court and police to proceed, it said.Article 443 of the Penal Law states that acts of espionage, defined as “entering into an agreement with a foreign state or with its agents in order to create hostilities or aggression against Cambodia”, is punishable by imprisonment from 15 to 30 years, said the statement.
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