Cambodian opposition chief Kem Sokha free of home arrest

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FILE PHOTO – Kem Sokha, chief of the Cambodia Nationwide Rescue Celebration (CNRP), attends a gathering with celebration members in Kandal province, Cambodia March 14, 2017. Information/Samrang Pring/File Picture

PHNOM PENH (Information) – Cambodia has freed opposition chief Kem Sokha from home arrest greater than two years after he was arrested and charged with treason, however he stays banned from politics and from leaving the nation, a court docket mentioned on Sunday.

The easing of restrictions on Kem Sokha comes a day after Sam Rainsy, a co-founder of their now banned Cambodian Nationwide Rescue Celebration (CNRP), flew into Malaysia from self-imposed exile in Paris, aiming to return to Cambodia.

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court docket mentioned in an announcement Kem Sokha may go away his home, however that he couldn’t have interaction in political exercise or go away the nation.

“Beneath the brand new necessities, he can journey anyplace however can’t go away Cambodia … It is because he has been cooperative with the authorities,” Justice Ministry spokesman Chin Malin informed Information.

Reporting by Prak Chan Thul; Writing by Matthew Tostevin; Modifying by Robert Birsel