Dam Sith, the opposition newspaper editor who was jailed for
a week in June, has left Cambodia
temporarily, but not due to security concerns, officials said Friday.
Dam Sith left for the US last week at the invitation of
opposition supporters there, Sam Rainsy Party Secretary-General Eng Chhay
He did not leave out of fear or intimidation, and he plans
to return "soon," Eng Chhay Ieng said.
Dam Sith was jailed June 8 following an article he published
in Moneaksekar Khmer that quoted opposition leader Sam Rainsy accusing Foreign
Minister Hor Namhong of collusion with the Khmer Rouge.
Moneaksekar Khmer reporter Khim Sambor was killed a month
after Dam Sith was jailed, on July 11, two weeks ahead of national elections.
Dam Sith had been editing the newspaper from the safety of
his home since Khim Sambor's killing, which remains unsolved.