Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Breaking: Arrest warrant issued for RFA reporter Chanboth

Breaking: Arrest warrant issued for RFA reporter Chanboth

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Defence lawyer Dun Vibol speaks to the press outside Phnom Penh Court after prominent RFA journalist Chun Chanboth's case hearing this morning. Pha Lina

Breaking: Arrest warrant issued for RFA reporter Chanboth

Stepping up its legal pursuit of Radio Free Asia journalist Chun Chanboth, the Phnom Penh Municipal Court today issued an arrest warrant for the reporter, hours after his lawyers presented the court with a written statement refuting the allegation that he misrepresented himself to sneak into Prey Sar prison.

Chanboth was scheduled to appear before the court for questioning in relation to allegations that he concealed his identity in order to enter the prison with a delegation of opposition lawmakers, but Radio Free Asia confirmed last night that the reporter had been asked to return to the United States for fear of his safety and the politicised nature of the case.

Chanboth had been seeking to secure an interview with jailed analyst and commentator Kim Sok – whom the rights group Licadho classes as a political prisoner – and observers have pointed to the case as part of a heavy-handed attempt to deny media access to politically sensitive prisoners.

Yesterday’s warrant, issued by deputy prosecutor Seang Sok, asks law enforcement officials to bring in Chanboth in order to be questioned in relation to the charge of making a “false declaration”. The charge carries a maximum of two years in prison.

Chanboth, who reports under a pseudonym and whose real name is Huot Vuthy, was in Thailand over the weekend and was expected to be back in the Kingdom in time for the summons – a point that Seang Sok appeared to have taken umbrage with.

“On May 2, the suspect did not show up as per the summons and did not keep his promise like stated clearly in his informing letter dated 28 April 2017,” a court report reads, referring to a letter Chanboth sent court informing it of his travel to Thailand.

MOST VIEWED

  • Prince Norodom Ranariddh passes away at 77

    Prince Norodom Ranariddh, the second son of the late King Father Norodom Sihanouk and former First Prime Minister of Cambodia, has passed away in France at the age of 77. “Samdech Krom Preah Norodom Ranariddh has passed away this morning in France just after 9am Paris-time,”

  • General’s gun smuggling ring busted

    The Military Police sent six military officers to court on November 22 to face prosecution for possession of 105 illegal rifles and arms smuggling, while investigators say they are still hunting down additional accomplices. Sao Sokha, deputy commander of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and commander of

  • Cambodia, Thailand to discuss border reopening

    Cambodian authorities from provinces along the Cambodia-Thailand border will meet with Thai counterparts to discuss reopening border checkpoints to facilitate travel, transfer of products and cross-border trade between the two countries. Banteay Meanchey provincial deputy governor Ly Sary said on November 22 that the provincial administration

  • More Cambodians studying in US

    The number of Cambodian students studying at US colleges and universities in 2020-21 increased by 14.3 per cent over the previous year despite the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a recent US government report. The 2021 Open Doors report on International Educational Exchange showed that 848 Cambodian students studied

  • Banteay Meanchey gunfight sees 15 Thais arrested, three officers injured

    The Banteay Meanchey Military Police have arrested 15 Thai suspects and their accomplices after a gun battle between two Thai groups caused injuries to three police officers in the early hours of November 21, local authorities said. National Military Police spokesman Eng Hy said that according to

  • PM: Do not defile Tonle Sap swamp forest or else

    Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered police to arrest anyone – including government officials – involved with the deforestation of the flooded forests surrounding the Tonle Sap Lake because it is an area important to the spawning of many species of fish, among other reasons. Speaking in a