Appeal Court Upholds Decision to Allow New Evidence in Kem Sokha Trial

The Appeal Court has upheld a lower court’s decision to accept new evidence from the prosecution in Kem Sokha’s stalled treason trial, although a lawyer for the opposition leader on Thursday expressed doubt that the evidence would incriminate him.

Presiding Judge Seng Sivutha on Wednesday agreed with the Phnom Penh Municipal Court’s decision from March to allow the submission of additional evidence, finding the action was in line with the law, according to Appeal Court spokesman Touch Tharith.

Sokha, president of the outlawed opposition CNRP, has been on trial since January for allegedly conspiring with a foreign power to overthrow the government, a charge which he denies. He faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted.

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