Cambodian court eases detention of top opposition figure

A Cambodian court has lifted some restrictions on detained opposition leader Kem Sokha, essentially freeing him from house arrest and taking some of the spotlight off his exiled colleague who is attempting to return to the country.

Sam Rainsy, the co-founder with Kem Sokha of the banned Cambodia National Rescue Party, arrived in Malaysia from Europe on Saturday on a well-publicized trip to lead a movement to oust long-serving authoritarian Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Sam Rainsy missed his self-declared deadline of returning to his home country on Saturday, Cambodia’s Independence Day, and his further plans are not clear.

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