Wanted posters of Sam Rainsy and his colleagues have been posted at all checkpoints along the Thai border ahead of his planned return on November 9.
The posters display photos of Rainsy, Eng Chhai Eang, Mu Sochua, Ou Chanrith, Ho Vann, Long Ry, Men Sothavrin, Tioulong Saumura, and Nuth Romdoul.
Lieutenant General Srey Doek, commander of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces’ Division 3, yesterday said the army is ready to arrest them.
“Posters of those traitors have been placed along the Cambodia-Thailand border,” Lt Gen Doek said, adding Thai soldiers have also been informed of the group’s planned arrival and that they need to be arrested to ensure the safety of Thai people. “We are ready to arrest those people.”
Phnom Penh Municipal Court in September charged Rainsy for allegedly attempting to overthrow the government. The move was made after he called on the armed forces to turn their guns against the government.
Major General Ath Khem, chief of Banteay Meanchey provincial police, yesterday said he will arrest Rainsy and his colleagues if they choose to enter the Kingdom through the province.
“We are ready to arrest those people. The wanted posters are placed in all checkpoints along the Cambodia-Thai border,” Maj Gen Khem said.
Major General Mao Phalla, spokesman for the Royal Cambodian Army, yesterday said Thai and Cambodian officials held a meeting about Rainsy’s arrival, but he did not disclose any information.
However, local media reported: “Lieutenant General Thammanoon Withee, Thai commander, has shown the stance of the Thai government that it will not allow Cambodian labourers to gather with Sam Rainsy.”
The report was referring to rumours saying Cambodian migrant workers will support Rainsy’s return and protect him on November 9.
Political analyst Lao Mong Hay yesterday said Thai authorities are looking after their people when they said Cambodian migrants will not be allowed to join Rainsy.
“The Thais have taken these measures to bar Cambodians from drawing [Thailand] into [Cambodia’s] current confrontation,” Mr Mong Hay said.
General Khieu Sopheak, spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said police officers will arrest anyone attempting to overthrow the government.
“We will follow the court,” Gen Sopheak said.
Defence Minister General Tea Banh on Monday after leaving a National Assembly plenary session said members of the armed forces are ready to apprehend Rainsy on November 9.
“We will on November 9 celebrate our independence from France,” Gen Banh said. “The extremist group always disturbs and attempts to destroy development and peace in the Kingdom.”
“We have clear measures on how to stop the group. We are ready to arrest those people,” he added.