CNRP Condemns Youth Arrests

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CNRP Phnom Penh youth leader Kheun Chamreun being taken into custody (photo: cambodgeinfo.com)

PHNOM PENH, August 4,   (Khmer Times)—The Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) today issued a stongly-worded statement regarding the arrest of three of the Party’s youth leaders on Saturday. They condemned the government for what they consider to be a provocative act in detaining the youths and requested that they be released immediately. 
 
The latest arrests commenced with the apprehension of CNRP Phnom Penh youth leader Kheun (aka Khin) Chamreun early on Saturday morning. He is now believed to be in detention in Prey Sar’s CC1 prison. Shortly after midday, two additional youth members, Tuol Kork district youth leader San Kim Heng and Chbar Ampov district youth member Neang Sokhun were arrested. 
 
Following the riot which broke out at a CNRP protest on July 15 at Freedom Park, the Phnom Penh Municipal Court issued arrest warrants for CNRP elected lawmakers Mu Sochua, Ho Vann, Men Sothavrin, Real Khemrin and Keo Phirum and subsequently detained them in prison pending further investigation. Although they were subsequently released, the charges are still pending. 
 
The CNRP statement is demanding that the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) stop using the courts for political gain. “The CPP must immediately stop all acts of intimidation and threat on the CNRP –  in particular the use of the courts for unjustifiable and or illegal arrest and detention, (as) it is an excuse of CPP party to fulfill the political gain ,” the statement asserts.
 
The arrests have unfortunately come at a critical time, as negotiations continue between the two parties in the lead up to the CNRP members joining the parliament next week. 
 
In addition, CNRP deputy president Kem Sokha has been summonsed for the second time to appear at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court in connection with the July 15 rally violence. 

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