Cambodia jails another activist as crackdown widens

A Cambodian activist has been imprisoned for five years on a charge of plotting to overthrow the government, a court said on Thursday, bringing to 17 the number of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s opponents detained or convicted since late July.

Pen Mom, 39, was found guilty on Wednesday of conspiring with self-exiled opposition party founder Sam Rainsy to overthrow the government in 2019, the court in the southern province of Kampot said.

The jailing of Pen Mom, a former official in the disbanded Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), comes during a wave of arrests of activists, which started in late July with the detention of Rong Chhun, who accused the government of ceding land to neighbouring Vietnam.

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