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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Breaking: CNRP’s Mu Sochua flees country following ‘warning’ of arrest

Opposition Deputy President Mu Sochua pictured at Phnom Penh International Airport earlier today.v

Breaking: CNRP’s Mu Sochua flees country following ‘warning’ of arrest

Phnom Penh Post | 3 October 2017

Opposition Deputy President Mu Sochua left the country today after allegedly being notified by a senior official that her arrest was imminent.

Her departure came a day after Prime Minister Hun Sen threatened action against “rebels” and “foreign slaves” during a speech in Siem Reap province.

Sochua left from Phnom Penh this morning after she had been notified by a senior government official that she would potentially be arrested next week, she said, adding there was a clear link to the premier’s speech on Monday and a series of provincial speeches she had given in the last seven days.

In his speech on Monday, Hun Sen referred to “senior officials” who had made “rude comments” in speeches in Kampong Thom, Siem Reap and Preah Vihear – provinces Sochua had visited in the last week to meet with party officials.

“I have confirmation from a senior government official that the arrest would happen next week. I cannot say who or from which ministry,” she said, shortly before departing the country.

“He [Hun Sen] has made clear references to three speeches made in the provinces by me and my two colleagues,” she said.

Nearly half of the opposition’s sitting lawmakers are currently overseas, with some leaving following the arrest of party President Kem Sokha on widely decried charges of “treason”. Also out of the country are Sokha’s daughters, Kem Monovithya - also a party official - and Kem Samathida, along with youth leader Hing Soksan.

Interior Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak today would not explicitly confirm that Sochua was targeted for arrest, but did obliquely acknowledge her involvement in the Sokha probe.

“Mu Sochua has used the party and has involved herself in this [case],” Sopheak said. “We have seen her go [to the provinces] for a few days, so this is like this because of her. If she had not done this, she would not be involved.”

He added that the possibility of arresting other CNRP lawmakers would depend on the court’s investigation into Sokha’s “treason” charges.


  1. Anonymous5:22 AM

    Have we accomplished what we want to accomplish?

  2. Anonymous9:25 AM

    Mu Sochua has just fallen into Mr. Hun Sen's trap. You must not operate on rumor. As far as Mr. Hun Sen concerns, Mu Sochua neglects her duty as a public servant and bolts from her job.

    If the International community asks about this, he would claim, "Sam Rainsy spreads false rumor to ruin me. I am not arresting Mu Sochua."

    Remember a couple years ago, Sam Rainsy claimed he had a bunch of Cambodian commanders who would ready to revolt? Well, there was no revolt and nobody trusts anybody any more.

    Why can CNRP just win the election outright? Apparently Mr. Hun Sen does have a lot of support too, millions and millions would vote for him.

    If Mr. Hun Sen was that bad and CNRP was that good then 90 percent of people in Cambodia would want to vote for CNRP and only 10 percent would for Mr. Hun Sen. But it's clearly not the case.

    CNRP really needs to win outright.

    1. Anonymous6:48 PM

      Hun Sen can lie whatever he wants the International community has already knows and condemns his actions.

  3. Anonymous10:37 PM

    lol Sam Rainsy fled and retired, Kem Sokha arrested, now Mu Sochua also fled. CNRP was effectively beheaded and crushed. I wonder where are all the big mouths who constantly screaming about 'democrazy and nazism' now? Where are you boyz? Why dun you flood the street and initiate a 'color revolution'?

    1. Anonymous7:10 AM

      They are all cowards and all talks. They are cheap too. I ask them to save money and help the poor in Cambodia but none of them will. They want to spend money to buy expensive smartphones (which are too smart for these idiot to use) and to flash around "Ooooh, I have this phone and you don't."

    2. Anonymous7:31 PM

      7:10 AM

      Your talk sounds like a little schoolboy.

  4. Anonymous7:11 AM

    If you want to know what's going on in Cambodia, go to the Khmer440 forums and read up a little bit. The expats are a lot more neutral and level-headed.