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Former King Remains Silent on Kem Sokha Arrest

Former King Norodom Sihanouk is silent almost two weeks after human rights activists were detained at the Prey Sar prison on defaming charges against the government.

The former monarch used to be active and posted his position on his personal website on border issues and Beehive 105 radio station owner and Cambodia Independent Teachers Association's director arrests.

Cambodian politicians and civil societies officials are puzzled about the former king's silence, thinking it might be his health, or that he might not want to face the Cambodian leadership.

Opposition Sam Rainsy party legislator Keo Remy says that it is difficult for the former king to intervene, and that the power is in the hand of the government notably Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Cambodian People's Party (CPP) legislator Cheam Yeap supports the former king's position saying the former monarch might want the court to find justice.