Phnom Penh Municipal Court last night issued arrest warrants for nine former opposition party members over their involvement in an alleged plot to topple the government next month.
Sam Rainsy, who is currently in exile, has been vowing to return in order to restore democracy and human rights in the Kingdom. He said he will return on November 9.
Mr Rainsy recently launched a “nine fingers” campaign online to bolster support for his return, which the government considers a plot to stage a coup.
Prime Minister Hun Sen then said that those who join the campaign will face the law.
“Phnom Penh Municipal Court would like to inform the public that on October 2, an investigating judge issued warrants to arrest the nine accused: Sam Rainsy, Eng Chhay Eang, Mu Sochua, Ou Chanrith, Ho Vann, Long Ry, Men Sothavrin, Tioulong Saumura and Nuth Romduol,” a court statement issued last night said.
“The nine accused were charged with attack…in a criminal case according to Article 27 and Article 451 of Criminal Code over a plot to stage a coup to topple the government,” it added.