Cambodia Prepares For Pivotal Kem Sokha Trial, Media Attendance Under Question

Last week, the Phnom Penh Municipal Court said the courtroom for Kem Sokha’s trial can hold only 30 people.

Cambodians and stakeholders are preparing for the crucial treason trial of opposition leader Kem Sokha on Wednesday, even as authorities prepare heavy security arrangements and media attendance for the hearing was uncertain due to alleged lack of space in the courtroom.

The opposition leader will appear before a panel of three judges on January 15 for treason charges, potentially facing up to 30 years in prison. He has been accused of using assistance from foreign countries to unseat the Hun Sen government.

Kem Sokha’s legal team has said that he will attend the hearing, however, he has remained tight-lipped about their strategy going into the trial. Kem Monovithya, Kem Sokha’s eldest daughter and a former party member, said the trial was casting Cambodia in poor light.

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