Hun Sen goes for the legal kill against rival CNRP

More than 100 people associated with a now-banned Cambodian opposition party and representatives of non-governmental organizations will stand trial in Phnom Penh this week, most in absentia, on charges ranging from treason and “incitement” to causing social chaos.

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court will hear en masse these cases between November 25-26, which includes dozens of senior officials from the now-banned Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), including acting-president Sam Rainsy, and grandees Eng Chhai Eang and Mu Sochua, who are all in exile.

Their charges of “plotting” and “incitement to commit a felony”, which are punishable by up to ten years in prison, stem from their alleged pledge to help the CNRP’s exiled acting-president Sam Rainsy in his failed bid to return to the country in November 2019.

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