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.
The case against him has drawn condemnation from rights groups and the international community, who have accused Hun Sen, the South East Asian nation’s longtime leader, of trying to silence political rivals.
Kem Sokha, the leader of the popular main Cambodia National Rescue Party, was arrested in 2017 and has since been held in jail and under house arrest. The CNRP was then dissolved by the country’s supreme court ahead of 2018 elections, which Hun Sen then won with a huge majority.
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