Cambodia Opposition Leader Kem Sokha’s Treason Trial Resumes After Suspension

The treason trial for Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha resumed Wednesday after being suspended since last week after the defense protested not being allowed to respond to new evidence presented by the prosecution without their prior knowledge.

In Phnom Penh’s Municipal Court, the debate over the new evidence resumed Wednesday and lasted for about one hour, before the court asked the two sides to stop and focus on events starting in 2012, when the Cambodian National Rescue Party was established, up until Sept. 3, 2017, the day Kem Sokha was arrested.

Prosecutor Vong Bunvisoth asked the defendant to explain the reasons he established the CNRP and to discuss what went down at a meeting between Kem Sokha and Sam Rainsy in the Philippines, when the pair announced the mergers of their respective parties to form the CNRP, according to his defense team.

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