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Cambodia begins treason trial against opposition leader despite global outcry

A Cambodian court on Wednesday opened the trial of Kem Sokha, an opposition party leader accused of treason during a widespread crackdown on government critics.

Cambodian Court Under Fire From Opposition, NGOs on Second Day of Kem Sokha Trial

A court in Cambodia held the second day of hearings in the treason trial of opposition leader Kem Sokha on Thursday, as the defendant’s party decried what it called a “political show” orchestrated by the government and authorities came under fire for refusing observers access to the proceedings.

United States Urges Cambodia to Open Politician’s Treason Trial to Media

The United States urged a Cambodian court on Thursday to allow journalists to attend the treason trial of opposition party leader Kem Sokha, who is accused of plotting to overthrow longtime leader Hun Sen.

Kem Sokha Trial, Day 1: Hearing Concludes With Questions About Rights Group Funders

The first day of opposition leader Kem Sokha’s trial for treason begins at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court today, more than two years after his arrest. Journalists were denied passes to attend the hearings, though a Reuters reporter said “a few” were allowed in on the day.

Kem Sokha Arrives For First Day Of Treason Trial

Two and half years after he was first arrested, Kem Sokha will face a panel of three judges on a treason charge, widely considered to be frivolous.

Kem Sokha Wants Court To Play Entire “Treason” Video

After the two-minute edited clip was played in court, Kem Sokha, responding to queries from the panel of three judges, said that the video did not belong to him, but that he was the person who was speaking in the clip.

Kem Sokha Questioned Over Work At CCHR; Court Rules On Naming Countries During Hearing

The opposition leader attended both sessions of the hearing and will return to court on Thursday, rounding up this week’s hearings.

Cambodia Is Criminalizing Democracy

There can be no democracy without a credible opposition, and in today’s Cambodia, there can be no credible opposition without the Cambodia National Rescue Party. It is thus vital that the international community not allow Prime Minister Hun Sen to use fabricated treason charges to suppress the CNRP.

Human Rights Watch: Charges Against Cambodian Leader Sokha ‘bogus’

A Human Rights Watch official on Wednesday said the trial of a top Cambodian opposition leader on treason charges is "completely bogus".

Prosecutors Present ‘Evidence’ as Trial of Cambodia Opposition Leader Kem Sokha Underway

The treason trial of Cambodia’s opposition leader Kem Sokha got underway Wednesday with prosecutors presenting evidence of a “conspiracy with foreign powers” that his lawyer said lacked context and could not be used to convict him.

Treason Trial Opens for Cambodia Opposition Leader

The treason trial of Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha opened Wednesday, more than two years after his arrest in a case decried by his family as a "farce" and widely pilloried as politically motivated.

Kem Sokha: Cambodian opposition leader denies US conspiracy

A Cambodian opposition leader, Kem Sokha, has denied conspiring with foreign powers, as his treason trial began in Phnom Penh.

Cambodia begins treason trial of opposition leader as criticism mounts

A Cambodian court convened on Wednesday (Jan 15) to begin the trial of opposition party leader Kem Sokha on charges of treason in a case that has drawn condemnation from rights groups as a move by longtime leader Hun Sen to crush political rivals.

Cambodia’s Kem Sokha faces court on controversial treason charge

Kem Sokha is accused of collaborating with the US to overthrow the gov't in case critics say is politically motivated.

‘Treason’ trial for opposition leader begins (video)

Trial of Kem Sokha under way two years after he was arrested in what some say is a politically charged prosecution.

Cambodia’s Kem Sokha faces court on controversial treason charge

Kem Sokha is accused of collaborating with the US to overthrow the gov't in case critics say is politically motivated.

U.S. Military Attaché Visits Controversial Ream Naval Base

The U.S. has consistently raised concerns over the possible stationing of Chinese military and naval assets at Ream, following a news report from the Wall Street Journal that the Chinese and Cambodian governments had reached a “secret deal” to give the former access to the base.

Trick or treason? Kem Sokha – The man behind the politics

After more than two years facing charges of treason, Cambodia's embattled former opposition leader Kem Sokha is set to finally receive his day in court on Wednesday. Southeast Asia Globe spoke with his daughter Monovithya, as well as those who have worked closely with him over the years, to learn about the man behind the politics.

Court Lacks Means to Let Journalists Report on Kem Sokha Trial: Official

Justice Ministry spokesman Chin Malin denied that the courts were excluding journalists from opposition leader Kem Sokha’s trial on Wednesday out of principle — they just did not have enough space for them or the equipment to broadcast the proceedings.

Cambodia: Bogus treason case against opposition leader must be dropped

The Cambodian authorities’ treason charges against Kem Sokha, the leader of the country’s banned main opposition party, are bogus and should be dropped ahead of his trial hearing tomorrow, Amnesty International has said.


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