Cambodia opp leader free from house arrest

Cambodia has freed opposition leader Kem Sokha from house arrest, more than two years after he was arrested and charged with treason, but he remains banned from politics and from leaving the country, a court says.

The easing of restrictions comes a day after Sam Rainsy, a co-founder of their now-banned opposition party, flew into the region from self-imposed exile saying he aimed to return home to rally opponents of authoritarian ruler Hun Sen.

Cambodia has also been under pressure to soften a political crackdown as the European U nion considers whether to go ahead with potentially damaging cuts to trade preferences.

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