Police brought in three CNRP activists for questioning after the trio drove a large photo of murdered political analyst Kem Ley decorated with flowers, incense and bananas down a market street in Kampong Cham’s Boeung Kuk commune yesterday and a crowding throng began donating money.
The interrogation, for allegedly disturbing public order, lasted 90 minutes, after which the two men and woman were released with a warning, said Kampong Cham provincial police chief Ben Rath.
“I ordered the commune police to summon them for questioning,” Rath said. “We did not detain them. We only informed them [that] if they want to do that, [they need] to ask permission.”
Police said one of the three was a local provincial councillor, Than Sokrith.
CNRP lawmaker Mao Monyvann said the photo had been taken to be decorated ahead of a ceremony for Ley.
“They only transported [it] back, and when people saw this, they gave money to help for the family’s funeral,” he said. “We did not demand people contribute money.”