Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen (Photo: Xinhua/VNA)

Phnom Penh (VNA) – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on October 2 pledged to take a hard line with treason, saying the government will continue investigating and arresting individuals behind acts against the nation.

The government will not allow and not give opportunity to anybody who destroys national peace, security and development, he said.

Cambodian authorities arrested Kem Sokha, President of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), on September 3 for allegedly plotting the overthrow of the government.

The arrest came after it found a video, broadcast by the Australia-based Cambodian Broadcasting Network, showing Kem Sokha and his accompanies secretly conspired with foreigners to topple the Cambodian government.

He is facing charges of treason and espionage under article 443 of the country’s Criminal Code.

Kem Sokha was elected as CNRP President in March 2017 to replace Sam Rainsy who stepped down in the previous month.-VNA