Cambodia charged three Muslim foreigners today with being members of the regional terror group Jemaah Islamiyah.
Authorities also ordered 28 foreigners who had been teaching at an Islamic school near Phnom Penh to leave the country within 72 hours.
“This operation has foiled any attempts of terrorist activity” in Cambodia, said Om Yentieng, a senior adviser to Prime Minister Hun Sen.
The three suspects, two Thais and an Egyptian, face 20 years to life in jail if convicted of “international terrorism”.
Jemaah Islamiyah is linked to Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida network and wants to set up an Islamic state in South-east Asia.
Its alleged operations chief has admitted helping plan last year’s Bali bombings that killed 202 people and the group allegedly planned a series of foiled attacks on Western interests across the region.