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Formerly Jailed Editor Exits Cambodia

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 Ieng said.

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.