Appeal Court Delays CNRP Senator’s Hearing

A Court of Appeal judge said on Thursday that he would consider a request to present additional evidence about a digital document over which a jailed opposition senator was convicted of forgery and incitement in November.

Presiding Judge Seng Sivutha delayed an appeal hearing on Thursday for Senator Hong Sok Hour, who had been sentenced to seven years in prison by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court for posting an inaccurate copy of a 1979 border treaty between Cambodia and Vietnam on Facebook.

Mr. Sok Hour has said he found the document years earlier through a Google search.

Mr. Sok Hour’s lawyers, Choung Choungy and Sam Sokong, said they had filed a submission to hear evidence from an expert who could determine the document’s authenticity, and asked that an internet connection be provided to the courtroom so they could demonstrate to judges how the document was accessed.

“We only just received the letter, so we have not yet discussed their request,” Judge Sivutha said.

“We will discuss this request before setting a date for the hearing in February.”

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