Prime Minister Hun Sen has ordered the authorities to arrest a former CNRP official in Chamkar Mon district for spreading rumor that former opposition leader Kem Sokha would be released tomorrow.
Speaking to about 14,000 garment workers in Phnom Penh’s Por Senchey district today, Mr Hun Sen called on the police to apprehend Nop Bunhor, an ex-CNRP official for spreading rumor that Mr Sokha would be released from Tboung Khmum province’s Trapeang Phlong prison.
“Nop Bunhor is the instigator. I would like to order the police to arrest him in the first place because he is the mastermind. Who will release him [Mr Sokha] if the court is yet to convict him?” he said.
Mr Sokha was jailed in September on the treason charges after being accused of colluding with the United States to overthrow the government.
Mr Hun Sen said that Mr Sokha’s case is ongoing and he could not be freed after the hearing on treason charges will be held tomorrow.
“I would like to inform you that when there is no conviction, a pardon could not be granted. He [Mr Sokha] is an accused man and not yet a convict. You must be under legal aspect,” he said.
“Some people accuse me of making arrest and ordering release because of my influence. I am given the authority to do so, you must know it. I have rights to seek a royal pardon when I want to,” he said.