KNLF founder wanted in Cambodia on terrorism charged is detained in Thailand

Founder of the Khmer National Liberation Front (KNKF) Sam Serey who was wanted by the Cambodian government for an alleged terrorism threat has been held in detention in Thailand for overstaying his visa, The Phnom Penh Post Online reported on Thursday.

Spokesman of the Ministry of Interior Khieu Sopheak said Wednesday that the ministry would request Serey’s extradition from Thailand.

Serey received political asylum in Denmark and was sentenced in absentia to nine years in 2016 for plotting an attack. Over 20 of his followers have been arrested by Cambodian officials over the years, but none of them have been found to be armed.

On April 10, Prime Minister Hun Sen claimed that he had foiled yet another plot by Serey to bomb Wat Phnom and Siem Reap during the Khmer New Year, but no evidence was produced to substantiate the accusation.

In February, Sam Sokha who threw a sandal at a billboard of Hun Sen was deported to Cambodia from Thailand, to face charges.