PHNOM PENH (The Phnom Penh Post/ANN) – Posters bearing the pictures of eight senior leaders of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) have been set up at border crossings in Thailand and Malaysia, the President of the Royal Academy of Cambodia said on Wednesday.
Sok Touch said he was crossing the Thai-Malaysian border last week when he saw a poster intended for immigration police featuring the photographs of CNRP “Acting President” Sam Rainsy, as well as Mu Sochua, Ho Vann, Ou Chanrith, Men Sothavarin, Long Ry, Tok Vanchan and Eng Chhai Eang.
He said he saw the same poster at the Cambodia-Thailand border when returning to the Kingdom.
According to the pictures received by The Post, the words at the bottom of the posters said: “If you find them, arrest them and make a report.”
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said last week that arrest warrants for Rainsy had been sent to all 10 Asean member countries.
Arrest warrants for the eight were issued in March by Phnom Penh Municipal Court Investigating Judge Koy Sao. They were charged with “conspiracy/plotting” and “incitement to commit a felony” for preparing plans for Rainsy’s return, which the government said amounted to organising a coup and was a terrorist act.
Touch held a press conference on Wednesday at the Royal Academy of Cambodia to make clear to the public, especially supporters of the CNRP and Rainsy, that involvement in their return would only lead to legal action and prison.
He said Rainsy could not return because he had made enemies of King Norodom Sihamoni, Prime Minister Hun Sen, Minister of Interior Sar Kheng and the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces.
“If Rainsy returns, which amounts to a coup, it will be another thing awaiting him after plotting a coup against the Constitution, a revolution, a colour revolution using ‘people power’ and a terrorist act,” Touch said.
He said he believed that none of the 10 Asean member countries would allow Rainsy to enter Cambodia.
He said supporters of the CNRP and Rainsy should understand the legal and political ramifications and refrain from supporting their actions.
CNRP Vice-President Sochua maintained that their plans to return remained unchanged.