Prime Minister Hun Sen today ordered Justice Minister Ang Vong Vathana to look into the possibility of releasing detained opposition activists for allegedly colluding with Sam Rainsy to stage a coup.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony of a cement factory in Kampot province today, Mr Hun Sen asked the Justice Ministry to work with municipal and provincial courts to free jailed opposition activists linked to the coup plot on November 9, noting that they have been duped by Rainsy and his colleagues.
“Those people will be released on bail only if they make requests by themselves or by their family members and lawyers. If not, we cannot release them,” he said. “This is a compulsory task to be fulfilled to unite the nation, and to maintain security and peace because they were actually misled.”
However, Mr Hun Sen noted that the opposition activists will be placed under court supervision pending investigations.
Mr Hun Sen also called on opposition supporters who have fled their home and fled overseas in fear of being arrested to return to the Kingdom, adding that they are safe.
“The Ministry must also work with court prosecutors to revoke arrest warrants against those who have fled in order to allow them to come back,” he said. “Those who have not been wanted and have fled should also come back.”
“If you are arrested, please go into my Facebook page and report it by yourself or by your relatives. I would like to clarify that this applies to only cases related to a coup plot. Other court cases such as incitement will not be included,” Mr Hun Sen said.