Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy lands in Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters): Self-exiled Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy landed in Malaysia on Saturday (Nov 9), ahead of a planned return home to lead protests against the long-time rule of Prime Minister Hun Sen, according to a Reuters witness. Hun Sen has ruled Cambodia for more than three decades and described the planned return of Sam Rainsy and other opposition leaders as an attempted coup. Government spokesman Phay Siphan said that if Sam Rainsy did return he would face outstanding charges against him in court. Sam Rainsy, a founder of the banned Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP), fled four years ago following a conviction for criminal defamation. Amnesty International denounced cooperation by Malaysia and Thailand to prevent foreign-based Cambodian opposition figures getting home.