Cambodia to open treason trial of opposition leader Kem Sokha

Cambodian opposition party leader Kem Sokha is set to go on trial on treason charges on Wednesday in a closely watched case as the European Union mulls suspending trade benefits over the Southeast Asian nation’s human rights record.

It could take up to three months to deliver a verdict, defense lawyers said on Tuesday, meaning the case could still be ongoing by the time the European Union (EU) makes a final decision on its trade policy next month.

Kem Sokha was arrested in 2017 and his opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party was banned ahead of a 2018 election in which the party of longtime leader Hun Sen won all the parliamentary seats.

In full: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-cambodia-politics/cambodia-to-open-treason-trial-of-opposition-leader-kem-sokha-idUSKBN1ZD0ZS

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