Fam­ily of slain an­a­lyst flees Cam­bo­dia

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

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