Military police and police have opened up an investigation
into allegations opposition Sam Rainsy Party members have been involved in
violent plots against the government.
Last week, Sam Rainsy Party defector Lek Bunnhean accused
opposition officials of being involved in the Cambodian Freedom Fighters, an
Angkor Empire Movement, and the rocket attack on Prime Minister Hun Sen in Siem
Reap in 1998.
Opposition leader Sam Rainsy said Tuesday the accusations
"Because the election is nearly approaching, the CPP
knows that Sam Rainsy has more popularity and the CPP has a problem when the
people are angry with it over land disputes and the price of goods, and the
people don't believe CPP anymore," he said.
Lek Bunnhean, who joined the ruling Cambodian People's Party less
than two weeks ago, said Tuesday he had documents implicating Sam Rainsy,
Eng Chhay Ieng and former senator Thach Setha in the various plots.
Lek Bunnhean left his position after he worked in Pursat province for
the Sam Rainsy Party and as a representative for SRP Secretary-General Eng
He took the documents from a Sam Rainsy Party office in Thailand, he
said, but he refused to provide copies. The documents include photographs of
Sam Rainsy with jailed CFF president Chhun Yasith, he said.
Sam Rainsy said Tuesday he had met with many Cambodian
expatriates at different demonstrations in Cambodia and was often
photographed with people, but that didn't mean he knew what organizations they
Eng Chhay Ieng could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
Lt. Gen. Khieu Sopheak, a spokesman for the Ministry of
Interior, said the investigation was being conducted at the behest of "the
"In this investigation, the government needs
collaboration with Sam Rainsy Party defectors," he said.
"We are doing this work," he said, but declined to
give further details.
Gen. Sao Sokha, commander of the military police, also
confirmed his police were investigating, following the order of Prime Minister
"Regarding the information we obtained, we must
investigate with utmost care," he said. "We must work in accordance
with the law and without partiality."