Cambodia Requests Indonesia to Arrest a Fugitive Politician

The Royal Embassy of the Kingdom of Cambodia in Indonesia is requesting Indonesian authorities to arrest a fugitive exiled politician, Mrs. Mu Sochua, as she is in Jakarta, Indonesia.

According to the embassy’s press release, Mrs Mu Sochua is the vice president of Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), which was dissolved by Cambodian Supreme Court on Nov. 16, 2017. Her party is now illegal in Cambodia. She is a fugitive and there is an arrest warrant issued by Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Oct. 2 for “Crime of Attack” against the legally elected Government.

Instead of facing legal matters in the court, Mrs. Mu Sochua fled the country. She is now living in the U.S. The Royal Government of Cambodia has sent a request to all ASEAN member states to arrest and deport her to Cambodia if she arrives in their countries. In true ASEAN spirit, the Royal Government of Thailand deported Mrs. Mu Sochua on Oct. 20 to Kuala Lumpur when she arrived at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok.

Then on Nov. 5, 2019, Malaysian authorities have detained two Cambodian activists when they were trying to board a plane to Bangkok. They are supporters of Mrs. Mu Sochua’s party. It is unfortunate that Indonesia, a fellow member state of ASEAN, allowed Mrs. Mu Sochua to enter in Indonesia despite of her arrest warrant and conduct anti Cambodian Government activities in Jakarta.

The Republic of Indonesia and Cambodia are close friends for the last 60 years. The Royal Embassy of Cambodia in Jakarta requests Indonesian authorities to arrest Mrs. Mu Sochua and deport her to Cambodia immediately in the true spirit of ASEAN.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press