Cambodian Court Denies Request to Drop Charges Against Detained Opposition Chief Kem Sokha

A court in Cambodia has refused to drop “treason” charges against opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) chief Kem Sokha citing an ongoing investigation, his lawyer said Wednesday, despite holding him for more than a year in pre-trial detention.

Lawyer Pheng Heng told RFA’s Khmer Service on Wednesday that Kem Sokha’s legal team received a letter from Phnom Penh Municipal Court Investigating Judge Ky Rithy dated March 19 denying a request they had submitted five days earlier to drop the charges against their client based on a lack of evidence.

Pheng Heng dismissed Ky Rithy’s explanation that the court is still collecting evidence and gathering witnesses in the case.

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