Cambodian opposition leader Rainsy says he will return on Saturday

Cambodian opposition leader Rainsy says he will return on Saturday

FILE PHOTO: Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy delivers a speech to members of the CNRP at a ho
FILE PHOTO: Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy delivers a speech to members of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) at a hotel in metro Manila, Philippines June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco/File Photo

PHNOM PENH: Self-exiled Cambodian opposition party founder Sam Rainsy said on Wednesday (Nov 6) he will return to the country on Saturday to face arrest after a mass crackdown at home on opposition activists and detention of members of his banned party by Malaysian authorities.

"I will depart from Paris on Thursday November 7. I will arrive in Bangkok on Friday November 8 to be ready to enter #Cambodia on Saturday November 9," Rainsy tweeted along with a photo of his airplane ticket.

He is likely, however, to be detained in Thailand, which recently turned away the vice president of the banned Cambodia National Rescue Party when she flew into Bangkok's main international airport.

Rainsy fled to France four years ago following a conviction for criminal defamation in which he was ordered to pay US$1 million in compensation. He also faces a five-year prison sentence in a separate case.

Source: Reuters/nc

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