Khmer-Thai Border (FN), Nov. 5 – Lt. Gen. Thammanoon Withee, commanding general of 1st Army Area Operations Center announced that the Thai forces will prevent the returns of former opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and accomplices, speaking in a meeting with Gen. Ek Som Aun, Cambodian commander of Military Region 5, held at Poipet International Border on 5 November 2019.

Thailand’s Gen. Thammanoon stated that the Kingdom of Thailand will also ban any illegal gatherings in Thailand or at Khmer-Thai borders.

According to Cambodian source attending the meeting, the Government of Thailand also informed the French Embassy in Bangkok regarding the issue of Sam Rainsy who holds the French nationality.

Photos of former opposition leader Sam Rainsy and eight of his accomplices were placed by Thai border officials at Khmer-Thai borders, Cambodian border official reported on 5 November 2019.

Military official based at Anses Border of Preah Vihear province told Fresh News this Tuesday morning 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.

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.”