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Opposition Disavows Dissident Group

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy said Monday his party had no involvement with the Moha Nokor, an emerging movement with the reported goal of reclaiming lands lost to the Khmer empire in regions of Thailand and Vietnam.

Cambodian police arrested 54-year-old Thach Thae last Friday before he crossed from Poipet to Thailand, the fourth arrest of suspect members of the movement. Three others were recently arrested in Pursat province.

Following those arrests a local newspaper quoted Pursat provincial prosecutor, Top Chansereivuth, as saying Thach Thae told the court that he worked for a Sam Rainsy legislator, Chiem Channy.

The opposition leader and police, however, said these claims were untrue.

"I have nothing to worry about, because even the government spokesman, Khieu Kanharith, says it has nothing to do with SRP," Sam Rainsy said. "So, this issue is an individual matter."

Pursat Deputy Police Chief Sarun Chanthy acknowledged Monday the party was not involved with the Moha Nokor.