Cambodia resumes trials of senior opposition figures

Kem Sokha denies involvement with ‘color revolutionary’ strategies used in Serbia and the former Yugoslavia.

The trials of two senior opposition figures have resumed in Phnom Penh with the former leader of the outlawed Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) rejecting his alleged involvement with Serbia-based advocates on how to stage a revolution.

Kem Sokha told the Phnom Penh Municipal Court that he was “not involved and never learned those lessons” when asked by Judge Seng Leang if he had adopted strategies from the Centre for Applied Non-violent Action and Strategies (Canvas) and implemented them in Cambodia.

Judge Seng Leang said Canvas had trained 15 CNRP activists and officials in Indonesia in August 2016 with “color revolutionary” strategies that had been used in Serbia and the former Yugoslavia.

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