Cambodia Lashes Out at US Diplomat Over Remarks on Opposition Leader Kem Sokha’s Trial

Cambodia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday expressed “great disappointment” over recent remarks by U.S. Ambassador Patrick Murphy pertaining to the treason trial of opposition leader Kem Sokha, suggesting he had placed “undue influence” on a judiciary widely seen as beholden to the ruling party.

Murphy on Thursday issued a rare statement on Kem Sokha’s trial, praising the veteran politician and denouncing what he said were “fabricated conspiracy theories about the United States” introduced by the prosecution.

Kem Sokha, the head of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), was arrested in September 2017 for allegedly conspiring to overthrow Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government, and his party was banned by the Supreme Court two months later for its role in the alleged plot with a foreign country.

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