13 Oct 2012

Cambodian opposition leader seeking NZ support

4:40 pm on 13 October 2012

The leader of the Cambodian opposition is in Wellington calling for support for democratic elections in his country.

Sam Rainsy lives in exile in France to avoid a prison term for criticising the Cambodian government.

In 2010 a closed court sentenced him to 10 years in prison.

Mr Rainsy was recently in Australia lobbying the Government there and told Nine to Noon he will be speaking to politicians and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade on Friday.

He said the United Nations has recommended reforms to the political system in Cambodia and he is appealing for support from the New Zealand Government.