Malaysia has released three Cambodian political exiles it detained this week at the request of Phnom Penh, while the country’s opposition leader has been prevented from boarding a flight to Bangkok from Paris — thwarting their attempt to go back home. Key points: Mu Sochua was detained by Malaysian immigration officials on Wednesday night Opposition leader Sam Rainsy was barred from boarding a flight from Paris to Bangkok Human Rights Watch said Malaysia shouldn’t do Phnom Penh’s “dirty work” Sam Rainsy, a former Cambodian finance minister and leader of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), was barred from boarding a Thai Airways flight destined for Bangkok from Paris despite holding a ticket in his name, which he posted on Twitter. In Malaysia, CNRP vice-president Mu Sochua was detained on Wednesday night at a Kuala Lumpur airport, ahead of her planned return home to join Mr Rainsy and lead anti-Government demonstrations on Cambodian Independence Day this Saturday. Jerald Joseph, an official of the Malaysian Human Rights Commission, said Ms Soucha — along with two previously detained CNRP youth activists — would stay in a hotel for now. Speaking to reporters in Paris, Mr Rainsy said he was “very shocked and… Read full this story
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