Cambodia court convenes for mass trial of opposition figures

A court in Cambodia convened on Thursday (Jan 14) for the treason trial of scores of opposition figures, one of a series of cases seen by activists as moves by the ruling party to sideline threats to its political monopoly.

The defendants are among 121 people affiliated with the dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) who are charged with treason and incitement.

Sixty-one opposition figures have been summoned to appear in court, Mu Sochua, CNRP’s deputy president who is in the United States, told Reuters in a text message.

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