Cambodia court sentences exiled opposition figure to life in jail

Cambodia sentenced exiled opposition figure Sam Rainsy (pic) to life imprisonment on Wednesday (Oct 19) for allegedly attempting to cede territory to a foreign entity, according to a court ruling.

The case related to the politician’s promises to protect the rights of the country’s indigenous people, who continue to face discrimination mostly over land rights.

A document from the Phnom Penh Municipal Court — seen by AFP — said Rainsy had been “sentenced to life imprisonment on charges of attempting to hand over a part of national territory to a foreign entity” in 2013.

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