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Opposition leader seeks international support on immunity

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy is seeking international support a day after his parliamentary immunity was revoked in a dispute over border with Vietnam.

Cambodia’s National Assembly on Monday lift Sam Rainsy’s immunity to pave the way for court investigation into his involvement in uprooting six wooden demarcation posts in the eastern province of Svay Rieng last month.

“I will tell them [European Parliament] that the recent stripping of my immunity and those of other parliamentarians is a violation of the [Cambodia’s] constitution, democratic principles, and freedom of expression,” Sam Rainsy told VOA Khmer by phone from Brussels where he is scheduled to attend a parliament hearing.

Government spokesman Khieu Kanharith said everything is done based on the rule of law.