Cambodia jails seven political activists for treason

Lawyer slams 'unjust' verdict on CNRP members who posted online support for leader Sam Rainsy's return.

A Cambodian court has jailed seven political activists from the banned Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) for up to seven years after they were convicted of treason.

A CNRP spokesman said five were sentenced to seven years behind bars, while the other two — who have since joined the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) — each received a five-year suspended sentence.

Of the five sentenced to seven years, one was arrested on Sept. 6, while the other four were convicted in absentia, he said. Three had fled overseas and one is in hiding inside Cambodia.

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