Appeal Court to Review Kem Sokha Arrest Attempt

The Court of Appeal has accepted a complaint filed by deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha claiming that a failed attempt to arrest him was illegal, and has scheduled a hearing for July 4, according to one of his lawyers.

Mr. Sokha filed the complaint on June 17 seeking to halt attempts to arrest him and invalidate a provisional charge he is facing for refusing to appear in court to answer questions over an alleged affair.

Appeal Court prosecutor Hoeung Bunchea issued a summons on Tuesday calling Mr. Sokha and his five lawyers to a hearing over the complaint, said Sam Sokong, one of the lawyers.

Mr. Sokha, who has remained holed up at the CNRP headquarters since armed police tried to arrest him on May 26, planned to waive his right to be present, though his lawyers would attend, Mr. Sokong said.

Earlier this month, Mr. Sokha’s daughter, Kem Monovithya, said her father would only emerge from the headquarters when the legal persecution of opposition activists and officials came to an end. Officials at the Appeal Court could not be reached.

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