Kampong Thom provincial police yesterday sent three former CNRP activists to court for allegedly posting messages on Facebook insulting Prime Minister Hun Sen, the National Police said.
National police spokesman Lieutenant General Chhay Kim Khoeun said the three men were arrested on Sunday in accordance to an arrest warrant issued by Kampong Thom Provincial Court.
“They posted messages on their Facebook accounts in attempt to incite people to commit a crime,” Lt Gen Khoeun said. “They also used words that insulted Prime Minister Hun Sen. These are the reasons why the court ordered the authorities to arrest them.”
According to a police report, the three men were identified as Sun Bunthorn, former CNRP’s Baray commune councilor, and former CNRP activists Nou Phoeun and Ros Kimseang. They were sent to the provincial court yesterday for questioning.
Court administrative chief Vann Seng yesterday declined to comment, referring questions to Ith Sothea, provincial court prosecutor, who could not be reached.
Ros Kimsath, Mr Kimseang’s sister, yesterday confirmed that the three men were sent to the provincial court and were not yet allowed to contact their family members.
“Police did not tell us why my younger brother and two other men were arrested,” she said. “They said they were just following court orders.”
“Until now [Tuesday], I could not meet them,” she added.
Adhoc provincial coordinator Sok Ratha yesterday said the three men were placed in detention at the provincial court, noting that the court has not charged them.
“I have tried to reach out to the provincial prosecutor to get information about the three men but the court rejected [the request],” Mr Ratha said. “So far, I could not identify their Facebook accounts.”
“Even their family members had no idea what these three former CNRP member and activists posted or which words used insulted Prime Minister Hun Sen,” Mr Ratha added.