Cambodia releases former activist after apology

Kem Sokha expected to launch appeal this week.

A former member of the outlawed Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) has been released by a court after he issued an apology for a social media post which allegedly insulted the monarch.

Phnom Penh Municipal Court released Yim Sinorn a former member of the now-dissolved CNRP, on March 28.

He had previously been arrested on March 21 along with another opposition figure, Hun Kosal, and charged with insulting King Norodom Sihanouk under the lese majeste law for questioning his relationship with Prime Minister Hun Sen during a recent torch-lighting ceremony for the Southeast Asian Games, slated for May 5 to 17.

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