Phnom Penh (FN), Nov. 5 – Photos of former opposition leader Sam Rainsy and eight of his accomplices were placed by Thai border officials at Khmer-Thai borders on 5 November 2019.

Cambodia’s senior border official based at Anses Border of Preah Vihear province told Fresh News on Tuesday that photos of the nine people include: Sam Rainsy; Eng Chhai Eang; Mu Suchua; Ou Chanrith; Ho Vann; Long Ry; Men Sothavrin; Tioulong Saumura; and Nuth Romdoul.

The Royal Government of Cambodia, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, has sent, last month, the arrest warrants of Sam Rainsy and his accomplices to all the ASEAN Members.

Cambodia’s neighbours Laos and Thailand have announced that they will not allow any groups, referring specifically to Sam Rainsy group, to use their territories for initiating coup against Cambodia.

Pursuant to Article 2 of the ASEAN Charter, ASEAN Member States shall not engage in any policy or activity, including the use of its territories, pursued by any ASEAN Member States or non-ASEAN Member States or any non-State actor, which threatens the sovereignty, territorial integrity or political and economic stability of any ASEAN Member State.

It is worth recalling that Phnom Penh Municipal Court ordered to arrest former opposition leader Sam Rainsy and eight of his accomplices, allegedly charged with [stage a coup] through a plan to repatriate from exile, according to the press release of the court’s spokesperson dated 3 October 2019.

“Staging a coup is a serious crime affecting national security. Those who involve in such plans are charged with [conspiring], which faces a sentence from 5-20 years,” the press release stated.

Sam Rainsy, calling himself the Acting President of CNRP, has appealed to fund military to topple the legitimate Royal Government of Cambodia; and urged Cambodian King, the Head of State, to abdicate.

Rainsy has continuously insulted King Norodom Sihamoni despite warnings from the Royal Palace.

Sam Rainsy spoke in an interview with Radio Free Asia in September 2019: “Our King is the hostage of Hun Sen; our king is afraid of Hun Sen, as he wants to keep his throne. We cannot expect anything from the king who is the puppet of Hun Sen.”