Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Court issues arrest warrants for CNRP activists over ‘coup’

Court issues arrest warrants for CNRP activists over ‘coup’

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Mean La, one of four accused, was detained in the early hours of Saturday morning at the Poipet international border checkpoint with neighbouring Thailand. Photo supplied

Court issues arrest warrants for CNRP activists over ‘coup’

Arrest warrants were issued for four alleged Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) activists on Friday, resulting in the detention of at least one suspect on Saturday morning.

Tbong Khmum Provincial Court spokesman Theng Cheang said the court had issued arrest warrants for Soem Seang Leng, male; Yem Vannet, female; and Mean La, female, for “plotting” to stage a coup to institute CNRP “acting president” Sam Rainsy as head of the government.

“Soem Seang Leng, Yem Vannet, Mean La and their followers have gathered and mobilised citizens with a plot to lead a group to travel to Phnom Penh to participate in activities of toppling the government on November 9, 2019,” Cheang said in a press release.

Cheang said that authorities detained La in the early hours of Saturday morning at the Poipet international border checkpoint with neighbouring Thailand.

General Department of Prison spokesman Nuth Savana told The Post: “They have not sent her to prison because Tbong Khmum provincial authorities want to question her for one or two days first.

“Besides, we have not received a report or case file from the authorities as the suspect has not been sent to us yet.”

The Oddar Meanchey Provincial Court investigating judge also issued an arrest warrant on Friday for Monh Sarath, 54.

Sarath is suspected of “planning for the return of the convict Sam Rainsy to Cambodia,” a press release said.

“[We] would like to emphasise that the arrest warrant has been sent to the authorities for enforcement as per the law and correct procedures,” a press release issued by the provincial court’s spokesman said.

Sarath’s arrest warrant was issued after he gave an interview to Voice of America on September 26. In it, he claimed to have gathered support from Cambodians working in Thailand to pick up Sam Rainsy and return him to the Kingdom.

Cheang warned that those “attempting to stage a coup to topple the legitimate government” could be charged with “conspiracy” under Article 453 of the Criminal Code and sent to court.

The Criminal Code outlines a punishment of five to 10 years in prison for civilians found guilty of conspiracy and 10-20 years in prison for civil servants.

Last month Rainsy claimed to have arranged funds for members of the armed forces who defect to the CNRP ahead of his promised return to Cambodia on November 9 to coincide with Constitution Day.

A total of 13 former CNRP activists have been charged and sent to pre-trial detention in September under charges of “plotting and incitement to provoke serious chaos to national and social security”.

MOST VIEWED

  • ‘Education’ a priority traffic-law penalty

    A top National Police official on June 21 neither rejected nor confirmed the authenticity of a leaked audio message, which has gone viral on social media, on a waiver of fines for a number of road traffic-related offences. General Him Yan, deputy National Police chief in

  • Volunteer scheme to foster ‘virtuous’ humanitarian spirit

    A senior education official said volunteer work contributes to solidarity and promotes a virtuous humanitarian spirit among the youth and communities. Serei Chumneas, undersecretary of state at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, made the comment during the opening of a training programme called “

  • Chinese firms unveil preliminary results on metro, monorail for capital

    Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol and representatives from China Road and Bridge Corp (CRBC) and its parent company, the state-owned China Communications Construction Co Ltd (CCCC), met on June 24 for talks on results of the firms’ preliminary study on a potential metro

  • ACLEDA, WU to enable global money transfers

    Cambodia's largest commercial bank by total assets ACLEDA Bank Plc and global money transfer firm Western Union (WU) have partnered to offer customers cross-border money transfers to 200 countries via “ACLEDA mobile” app. In Channy, president and group managing director of ACLEDA, said the June 22 agreement

  • Aeon, Micromax partner again for third mall

    AEON Mall (Cambodia) Co Ltd and a locally-owned Micromax Co Ltd have entered into a partnership agreement to develop fibre optic infrastructure for $200 million Aeon Mall 3, which is expected to be opened in 2023. The agreement was signed on June 20 between Masayuki Tsuboya, managing director of

  • Walmart plans to diversify stock of Cambodia goods

    Walmart Inc, the world’s biggest retailer, on June 22 reiterated recent plans to scale up and greatly diversify its purchases of Cambodian products, according to the labour ministry. This came during a virtual working meeting between Minister of Labour and Vocational Training Ith Samheng and