Main Cambodian opposition leader arrested, paper shuts as crackdown grows

Main Cambodian opposition leader arrested, paper shuts as crackdown growsBy Prak Chan Thul and Matthew Tostevin PHNOM PENH (Reuters) – Cambodia’s main opposition leader Kem Sokha was arrested and accused of treason on Sunday and a leading independent paper said it was being forced to shut down as Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government intensified a crackdown on his critics. Hun Sen said Kem Sokha had been plotting with the United States, increasing his anti-American rhetoric as Cambodia heads towards elections next year in which the authoritarian leader’s grip of more than three decades is at stake. The U.S. State Department expressed concern at the arrest of Ken Sokha and action against the media.



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