The National Police has vowed to arrest former opposition leader Sam Rainsy and his colleagues as soon as they return to the Kingdom.
Mr Rainsy was sentenced to eight years in prison in absentia for demoralising the armed forces and insulting the King. He is also facing other charges related to alleged incitement, among others.
Mr Rainsy, who is in exile, has been vowing to return to Cambodia in order to restore democracy and human rights.
Lieutenant General Chhay Kim Khoeun, National Police spokesman, said in a press release on Saturday that the National Police has received a warrant for the arrest of Mr Rainsy and his colleagues.
“The National Police will take all appropriate measures and procedures in order to effectively enforce the court’s order to seek and arrest Sam Rainsy and his accomplices, [so they] be punished by the law,” Lt Gen Kim Khoeun said.
He added that in order to strengthen and enhance the rule of law, as well as maintain security and public order, the National Police is appealing to the public to support law enforcement officers.
“Please stop any attempts to prevent the execution of the court order,” Lt Gen Kim Khoeun said. “Any action to prevent the execution of a court order is an offence punishable by law.”
“The National Police hopes that the public – Cambodians and foreigners – will respect and help implement Cambodian laws,” he added.
Yesterday, Lt Gen Kim Khoeun said the National Police issued the press release because he heard Mr Rainsy has been announcing a return.
“We are issuing this now because Mr Rainsy has been announcing that he will come to Cambodia,” he said. “We are concerned that some people were deceived by Mr Rainsy and his accomplices and they will commit illegal actions.”
Political analyst Meas Nee yesterday said the National Police was aiming to send a message to Mr Rainsy should he decide to return.
“I think that this is a political message,” Mr Nee said, noting that the CNRP has been dissolved and that the government should not be concerned.
“The government should not be calling have repeatedly for Sam Rainsy’s arrest” he said. “ Mr Rainsy could not be reached for comment yesterday.
Mr Rainsy could not be reached for comment yesterday.