The Phnom Penh Municipal Court has issued warrants ordering Sam Rainsy and eight former senior officials of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) to appear for questioning in relation to “attack”.

The warrants issued by prosecutor Seng Heang ordered Rainsy, Eng Chhai Eang, Mu Sochua, Ou Chanrith, Ho Vann, Long Ry, Men Sothavarin, Chulong Somura and Nuth Rumduol to appear in court at 8am on November 11 to respond to the accusations being levied against them. The crimes allegedly took place in 2019.

According to Article 451 of the Criminal Code, an “attack” consists of “the commission of one or more acts of violence liable to endanger the institutions of the Kingdom of Cambodia or violate the integrity of the national territory”.

The nine face between 15 and 30 years in prison if found guilty.

Court spokesman Kuch Kimlong said the warrants serve to inform related parties in advance. He said the authorities posted the warrant at the former CNRP headquarters.

“The issuance of the warrant means that they are invited to stand trial. The warrant is a notice, but whether they will come to the trial or not, we do not know. They are charged with ‘attack’ under Article 451 of the Criminal Code.”

The Post could not contact any of the nine former CNRP officials for comment on Tuesday.