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Siem Reap International Airport on July 11, 2018. (Oliver Dunkley/Creative Commons)

Some Airlines Deny Receiving Government’s Rainsy Warning

Some international airlines said this week that they had not been warned against bringing exiled senior opposition leaders back into the country, seemingly contradicting earlier statements by the Cambodian government.

Sam Rainsy at Paris's Charles De Gaulle Airport on November 7, 2019. (Theirry Buth)

Rainsy Fails to Board Flight to Bangkok

CNRP acting president Sam Rainsy left Paris’s Charles De Gaulle Airport without boarding a flight to Thailand on Thursday, claiming the airline had denied him entry.

Sam Rainsy walks with his wife Tioulong Saumura while holding a suitcase and his passport, in this photograph posted to Sam Rainsy's Facebook page.

47 Airlines Warned of Prosecution if They Fly Rainsy Into Cambodia

Nearly 50 airlines have been warned that they could face criminal prosecution if they carry Sam Rainsy and other senior opposition officials into Cambodia, the Civil Aviation Secretariat has said, while Rainsy on Monday again vowed to return to the country this weekend.

Parliament House in Stockholm on October 17, 2014 (Jorge Lascar/Creative Commons)

Six Swedish Parliamentarians Weigh In on Rainsy’s Return

Six Swedish parliamentarians urged Prime Minister Hun Sen in an open letter to allow acting opposition leader Sam Rainsy and other top party officials to return to Cambodia “without harassment or repercussions of any kind.”