Cambodian opposition chief to face trial

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PHNOM PENH (Information) – Cambodian opposition chief Kem Sokha will face trial on treason costs after investigators discovered sufficient proof to proceed with the case, a court docket mentioned on Monday.

FILE PHOTO: Chief of the Cambodia Nationwide Rescue Social gathering (CNRP) Kem Sokha attends a gathering with German Ambassador to Cambodia Christian Berger at his residence in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, November 12, 2019. Information/Samrang Pring/File Photograph

Kem Sokha was arrested in 2017 and his opposition Cambodia Nationwide Rescue Social gathering (CNRP) banned forward of an election final 12 months that was condemned by Western nations, who’ve demanded his launch by veteran authoritarian chief Hun Sen.

“After investigation and questioning, the choose understands that there’s sufficient proof towards the accused Kem Sokha of treason costs in collusion with foreigners,” the Phnom Penh municipal court docket mentioned in an announcement.

A court docket spokesman mentioned no trial date had but been set.

Kem Sokha was free of home arrest final month however a ban on his partaking in political exercise was stored in place.

His launch has been demanded by the European Union, which is presently contemplating whether or not to take away profitable commerce privileges from Cambodia over its crackdown on the opposition, activists and the media.

Kem Sokha’s daughter mentioned the choice to place Kem Sokha on trial confirmed unhealthy religion from the ruling Cambodian Individuals’s Social gathering at a time when the EU commerce privileges had been in danger and measures had been additionally into account within the U.S. Congress.

“This perspective from the regime shouldn’t be serving to,” Monovithya Kem informed Information.

Kem Sokha has mentioned the fees towards him had been nonsense.

The one proof offered towards him in public thus far is remark he made at a public assembly through which he mentioned he was getting recommendation from unspecified People on election technique forward of a 2013 poll.

Writing by Matthew Tostevin; Modifying by Alex Richardson