Sam Rainsy, leader of Cambodia's banned opposition party who is wanted by authorities in his home country, arrived in Malaysia on Saturday after a flight from Europe.
Sam Rainsy, who has pledged to return to his native country and join the Cambodian people on Saturday's national independence day, was prevented from boarding a Thai Airways flight from Paris to Bangkok on Thursday on the Thai prime minister's order.
The co-founder and acting president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party told reporters at Kuala Lumpur International Airport that he will be in Malaysia for "a couple of days."
"I want to go back to my home country," he said, while declining to say how he plans to do so.
Sam Rainsy boarded an Amsterdam-Kuala Lumpur flight on Friday night, according to a source.
Earlier, the prominent opposition figure said on his Facebook page, "Sam Rainsy boards a plane in Paris today for another destination" with an accompanying photo showing him standing on an airport boarding bridge with carry-on luggage.
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