Bou Rachana, widow of slain government critic Kem Ley, gave birth to a baby boy on Monday in the secret location where she and her children await an asylum decision.
An RFA reporter met Bou Rachana, who provided a photograph of the baby, named Kem Ley Virakboth after his father, a popular political and social critic. She declined further comment, citing security reasons and the pending decision on her asylum case.
Bou Rachana, then pregnant, and her four children fled Cambodia in August over worries about her safety following her husband's murder.
Kem Ley was gunned down in broad daylight on July 10 when he stopped in a Star Mart convenience store beside a Caltex gas station in the capital Phnom Penh. Kem Ley was buried in southwestern Cambodia's Takeo province two weeks later after a weekend funeral procession that drew around 2 million mourners, according to funeral organizers.
Cambodian authorities have charged former soldier Oueth Ang, who said he shot Kem Ley over a U.S. $3,000 debt.
Just days before he was gunned down, Kem Ley had discussed on an RFA call-in show a report by London-based group Global Witness detailing the extent of the wealth of the family of Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has ruled Cambodia for 31 years.
Reported by RFA's Khmer Service. Translated by Samean Yun. Written in English by Paul Eckert.