Cambodia Convicts 19 Opposition Politicians on ‘Incitement’ Charges

A Cambodian court convicted 19 members of the country’s main opposition party on charges of “incitement” and “conspiracy” on Thursday, as Prime Minister Hun Sen pushed forward with a set of trials that critics condemn as the latest effort to eliminate the last vestiges of dissenting political voices in what is already a virtually one-party state.

The court handed down sentences of between five and 10 years, with the longer terms given to seven leaders of the political opposition who had fled abroad to avoid arrest, including Sam Rainsy, the leader of the Cambodia National Rescue Party; the party’s deputy leader, Mu Sochua; and another opposition politician, Eng Chhay Eang.

They had already been found guilty last year of what the authorities said was a plot to topple the government and sentenced to terms of more than 20 years.

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