Cambodian appeal court upholds treason convictions

Fifth mass trial of former opposition leader Sam Rainsy and his supporters expected to begin Thursday.

Phnom Penh Appeal Court has upheld the convictions of former opposition leader Sam Rainsy and 20 of his supporters and former parliamentarians from the outlawed Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) for attempting to overthrow the government.

All were sentenced to between five and 10 years for attempting to oust the government of Prime Minister Hun Sen, which was tied to Sam Rainsy’s failed attempt to return to Cambodia from exile in late 2019.

Sam Rainsy remains in exile but the decision was announced as former CNRP members brace themselves for the fifth mass trial of opposition supporters, due to start on Sept 15.

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