US human rights lawyer banned from entering Cambodia

A United States lawyer representing Theary Seng, a high-profile political activist on trial for treason in Phnom Penh, has been barred from entering Cambodia.

General Khieu Sopheak, spokesperson for the Ministry of Interior, told the government-friendly Fresh News service that human rights lawyer Jared Genser had been permanently banned from entering Cambodia for violating the terms of his tourist visa.

“Apart from violating Cambodian jurisdiction with the purpose to threaten the independence of the Cambodian judiciary, an American person named Jared Matthew Genser violated the immigration law by using a visa for a different purpose,” Khieu Sopheak added.

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