A former ally of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen was detained by police on Thursday in connection with allegations of illegal drug production from 2012.
Nhek Bun Chhay was taken in for questioning from his home on the outskirts of the capital, Phnom Penh, National Police Deputy Chief Gen. Mok Chito said.
Police did not explain why 5-year-old allegations of involvement in the drug trade had suddenly been revived.
Nhek Bun Chhay was dismissed from his government advisory post by Hun Sen in June following reports that he had conspired with the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party against Hun Sen’s ruling Cambodian People’s Party ahead of local elections that month. More than a dozen other members of Nhek Bun Chhay’s party also were removed from their government positions.
Hun Sen, known as one of Southeast Asia’s wiliest politicians, has used many methods to extend his more than four decades in power, including co-opting and intimidating opponents. In recent years he and…
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