Cambodia opposition leader hustling to fly home

Three military policemen armed with guns patrol near Cambodia Thailand border checkpoint in Poipet Banteay Meanchey province

Cambodian opposition figure Sam Rainsy lands in Malaysia, says report

He said the examination was in accordance with the standard operation procedure after the Malaysian government had received a letter from the Cambodian government to send home those figures whose names were listed in the letter. "Democracy will prevail", Sam Rainsy said.

"By tomorrow, November 9, we will be together and move forward to Cambodia and the Thai border, until we reach the end of our plan", she said. I do not deny, I do not confirm'.

The move on Sunday came a day after self-exiled acting opposition leader Sam Rainsy failed to return to Cambodia, as promised, and a few days before the European Union is scheduled to finalise its report on the potential withdrawal of a key trade agreement.

Cambodia's exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy arrived in Malaysia, making partial progress in his quest to return to his home country to try to oust long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen. After a year in pre-trial detention, he was released on bail last September and placed under house arrest. In preparation for any unrest, Cambodia's military has mobilized on its borders and near airports.

Rights groups say Cambodia's legal system is controlled by Hun Sen's government.

'We will be returning as soon as possible, ' Saory Pon, general secretary of the Cambodia National Rescue Party Overseas told Reuters, complaining that some party officials in Thailand had been harassed and followed by security services.

Government spokesman Phay Siphan said that if Sam Rainsy did return he would face outstanding charges against him in court.

"When he comes to trigger uncertainty and chaos, we'll ruin him", he told Reuters.

"The United States calls for the unconditional release of all those who have been arbitrarily or unlawfully detained, including journalists, civil society activists, and supporters and members of political opposition parties", an embassy statement said.

In Cambodia on Saturday, Hun Sen and constitutional monarch King Norodom Sihamoni attended a celebration ceremony at Independence Monument in Phnom Penh, the capital. On Sunday and Monday, Cambodia celebrates an annual water festival. Cambodia's government said he was not barred from entering, but warned it would take action against anyone threatening state security.

Sam Rainsy, a founder of the banned Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP), fled four years ago following a conviction for criminal defamation. He also faces a five-year sentence in a separate case.

"This is a first step and we continue to call for the dropping of all charges against him and the reinstatement of his political rights".

The saga of Sam Rainsy's return also elicited a response by U.S. Senator Ed Markey, who tweeted on Thursday that Hun Sen had "undermined democracy and rights" in Cambodia and demanded that he allow CNRP leaders to return over the weekend, adding that he had introduced to Congress a bipartisan resolution calling for their peaceful repatriation "so he knows we're watching".

Sam Rainsy arrived in Kuala Lumpur in the afternoon after announcing earlier that he was boarding a plane in Paris, his home in exile, without disclosing his destination.

Opposition party leader Mu Sochua was not detained by the Malaysian authorities but only underwent a normal examination at the airport, said Minister of Foreign Affairs Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.

"This is the beginning of the struggle and fight for democracy and the revival of the CNRP".

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