Cambodia opposition leader faces arrest over old defamation case

Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) Sam Rainsy was convicted for defamation in 2011 for accusing the country's foreign minister of being a former Khmer Rouge memberA Cambodian court on Friday issued an arrest warrant for opposition leader Sam Rainsy over an old defamation sentence which he never served, in a new surge of political tension in the kingdom. The order comes a day after strongman premier Hun Sen blasted Rainsy for urging him to move towards a peaceful exit from office after more than three decades of rule. Phnom Penh Municipal Court has ordered police “to arrest and bring the convict Sam Rainsy to serve the (two-year defamation) sentence in jail”, according to a copy of the arrest warrant seen by AFP.

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