Phnom Penh (FN), Oct. 2 – Ministry of Justice Spokesperson Kim Santepheap, on Friday, urged activists who are currently in the plot to overthrow the government to step back; and report to authority in order to be pardoned in accordance to Article 454 of the penal code.

“To be pardoned from the charge of [conspiring], the individual must confess prior to accusation,” said Santepheap following the announcement of “nine fingers” campaign.

The dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) has announced the launching of the “nine fingers” campaign – supporting former opposition leader Sam Rainsy to return to Cambodia on 9 November following years of exile.

“From today until 9 November, we must raise nine fingers to show support for November 9 at every meeting and greeting,” former CNRP senior official Ho Vann posted on Facebook on 23 September 2019.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen considered ex-CNRP’s nine fingers campaign a “plot to topple government”, addressing Wednesday at the graduation ceremony held at Koh Pich.

He stated that joining the campaign means conspiring to topple the government, which is a serious crime to be punished intolerably.

“Those who plan to join campaign to destroy peace on 9 November will be sentenced,” the premier warned.