Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha did not allow Sam Rainsy, the former leader of the Cambodian National Rescue Party, to transit in Thailand for repatriation.
"According to our commitment to ASEAN countries, we will not interfere in each other's internal affairs and we will not allow an anti-government person to use Thailand for that activity," said Prayuth. said today at a press conference in Bangkok.
Sam Rainsy in the Philippines in June 2016. Image: Reuters.
Sam Rainsy is the co-founder of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP). The party was dissolved in 2017 for colluding with foreigners to overthrow the government.
Rainsy is a French citizen and has lived in France since 2015 to avoid accusations in Cambodia that he calls "politically motivated". Rainsy promises to return to Cambodia on the occasion of National Day 9/11 and transit in Bangkok.
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen repeatedly said he had sent Rainsy's arrest to neighboring countries and troops deployed at the Thai-Cambodian border to prevent the return of the opposition leader.
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