Was it really as newsworthy as it became that, on May 5, former opposition leader Kem Sokha, who remains on trial for treason, met with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen at a funeral ceremony for the first lady’s mother?
It was their first meeting in four years, and their first since Kem Sokha was arrested on spurious treason charges in September 2017. Months later, his opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) was forcibly dissolved on equally spurious charges of plotting a U.S.-backed coup.
Within days of the meeting, Kem Sokha – who is still technically under house arrest and whose trial, which began in January, has been stalled by the coronavirus crisis – met with the EU and German ambassadors. He also met with the French ambassador this week.