Cambodia Opposition Chief Kem Sokha Says International Witnesses Will Clear Him in Treason Trial

Opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) President Kem Sokha on Wednesday urged court authorities to allow testimony from representatives of the countries he is accused of colluding with to topple the government as the third week of his treason trial kicked off, saying they will exonerate him.

Kem Sokha’s lawyer, Pheng Heng, told RFA’s Khmer Service that the defense team asked the court to allow foreign government representatives to testify, saying they will dispute claims by prosecutors that the opposition chief committed “conspiracy with foreign powers,” including the U.S., in a case that could see him jailed for up to 30 years if convicted.

“Please find the alleged foreigners—if you say that I colluded with the U.S., please summon [representatives of] the U.S.,” Pheng Heng quoted Kem Sokha as saying during Wednesday’s proceedings at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court.

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