Cambodia condemned over Kem Sokha verdict

Foreign ministry warns diplomats for having 'arbitrarily extended' their roles.

Western diplomats and international civil society groups have slammed a Cambodian court verdict, saying the decision to sentence former opposition leader, Kem Sokha, to 27 years of confinement was a politically motivated miscarriage of justice.

The 69-year-old former president of the outlawed Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) was found guilty of treason on March 3 and will serve his sentence under house arrest. He will only be allowed visits by his immediate family and was also banned from politics for life.

Among the harshest critics calling for his immediate release were the United States, the United Nations Human Rights Commissioner, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch (HRW), and ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR).

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