|Cambodia opposition politician Mu Sochua 'feared arrest'|
Saturday, 7 October 2017
Cambodia opposition politician Mu Sochua 'feared arrest'
Mu Sochua, one of Cambodia's best-known politicians and deputy leader of the opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP), has fled into exile after being warned she was about to be arrested on charges of treason. She spoke to BBC South-East Asia correspondent Jonathan Head in Bangkok - the exact location is being concealed for her safety.
"To flee the country has never been part of my agenda," says Mu Sochua, sitting in a bare room in Bangkok where she is in transit to another, as yet undisclosed, destination.
"It is a choice I thought I would never have to make. It is a very painful choice."
Earlier this week she was warned, she says, by sources close to the government that she would be arrested by the weekend.
Last month her party leader, veteran human rights campaigner Kem Sokha, was taken from his home by 200 police officers and charged with treason.
Last week Prime Minister Hun Sen said others would be arrested on the same charge. And on Friday, it emerged that the Ministry of the Interior had filed a legal petition to have the main opposition party dissolved.