Family of slain analyst flees Cambodia
THE wife and children of slain Cambodian activist Kem Ley have fled abroad to seek asylum, the latest twist in a murder case that has caused widespread outrage.
Kem Ley, a popular pro-democracy voice and grassroots rights activist, was shot dead on July 10 while drinking coffee at a petrol station.
The brazen murder sent ripples of fear across a country already brimming with political tension between strongman Hun Sen and a resurgent opposition.
Tens of thousands of Cambodians turned out for the funeral march including his pregnant wife Bou Rachana and their four children.
They have since left Cambodia, fearing for their safety, friends said.
“She [Kem Ley’s wife] and her sons are now at a safe place. They are not in Cambodia,” Tim Malay of the Cambodia Youth Network said.
A former soldier has been charged with the murder, claiming he shot Kem Ley over an outstanding debt. But suspicions of a political assassination continue to run strong in a nation where the rule of law is threadbare and critics of the elite are routinely silenced.
A regular critic of both Hun Sen and the political opposition, Kem Ley had called for a new era of clean politics in graft-ridden Cambodia.
Shortly before his death Kem Ley gave a lengthy radio interview welcoming a report that detailed the riches amassed by Hun Sen and his family during his three decades in power. –