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Union president arrested for “incitement’

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Rong Chhun, president of the Cambodian Confederation of Unions, was arrested by the Phnom Penh police this evening over a remark he made concerning border  issues.

In a statement released by Chhun on July, Chhun said that there are iregularities in the installation of border markers that divided the border between Cambodia and Vietnam in Tbong Kmom. He also accused the Vietnamese and  Cambodian authorities of ignoring the Vienamese moving the markers into Cambodia, causing many Cambodian people to lose their lands.

Today, Cambodia Border Committee released a statement to dismiss Chhun’s claim, calling it “fake news and exaggerating”. Then, he was arrested this evening.

Court spokesman Kuch Kimlong said Chhun was arrested for ‘Incitement to commit felony’, punishable under article 495 of the Criminal Codes by imprisonment from six months to two years and a fine from one million to four million Riels if found guilty.

Kimlong said Chhun is now being detained at Phnom Penh Police Station, waiting for further legal procedures.

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