Cambodia Eases Kem Sokha House Arrest Restrictions

Cambodia eased restrictions on opposition leader Kem Sokha Sunday, more than two years after his arrest heralded an authoritarian crackdown, in a move human rights groups denounced as a ploy by Prime Minister Hun Sen to evade international censure.

The former president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) was taken into custody in September 2017 for “treason” and released on strictly supervised bail a year later awaiting a trial that could see him sentenced to up to 30 years in prison if convicted.

Sunday’s measure to slightly ease Kem Sokha’s de facto house arrest came a day after acting CNRP President Sam Rainsy flew into Malaysia on Saturday, saying his plan to return to challenge Hun Sen’s 35-year rule was “on the right track” even though he made it only part way home.

In full: https://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/restrictions-kemsokha-11102019130325.html

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