Cambodia opposition leader Kem Sokha sentenced to 27 years of house arrest

Five years after being arrested and jailed, accused of plotting to topple the Hun Sen regime with a US-sponsored colour revolution, Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha has been sentenced to 27 years under house arrest.

The long-awaited verdict in his trial, widely panned as politically motivated, was delivered in Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Friday.

The former president of the now outlawed Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) was accused of colluding with a foreign power in a bid to overthrow the government of Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has ruled in the south-east Asian nation since 1985.

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