Ar­rests sought for 8 op­po­si­tion lead­ers

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BANGKOK – A Cam­bo­dian court has is­sued ar­rest war­rants for eight op­po­si­tion lead­ers who fled abroad for safety but say they are now try­ing to re­turn.

The in­dict­ment in re­cent days by a gov­ern­ment­con­trolled court in Ph­nom Penh, the cap­i­tal, was the lat­est ef­fort by Prime Min­is­ter Hun Sen to side­line op­po­si­tion politi­cians and in­de­pen­dent news out­lets as he tries to main­tain his 34-year grip on power.

War­rants were is­sued for Sam Rainsy, a founder of the Cam­bo­dia Na­tional Res­cue Party, which has been dis­solved; two of the party’s vice pres­i­dents, Mu Sochua and Eng Ch­hai; and five other party mem­bers.

They were charged with in­cite­ment to com­mit a felony and plot­ting to com­mit trea­son, charges they say are with­out merit.

The eight op­po­si­tion fig­ures fled the coun­try in 2017, fear­ing ar­rest dur­ing a crack­down on their party, and they say that if they re­turned now they would be sub­ject to de­ten­tion un­der the new war­rants.

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