Cambodian Court Orders Testimony in Kem Sokha Trial From ‘Witness’ Who Never Spoke With Him

A court in Cambodia’s capital on Wednesday issued a summons requesting that a former elected official with the country’s banned opposition in Banteay Meanchey province give testimony next week at the treason trial of his party’s president, Kem Sokha, despite never having spoken with him.

Police in Banteay Meanchey’s Poipet commune delivered the summons from Phnom Penh Municipal Court Deputy Prosecutor Vong Sunvisoth calling on Leng Vibol to appear at Kem Sokha’s trial on Jan. 15, the former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) commune chief told RFA’s Khmer Service.

Leng Vibol expressed surprise over having been summoned as a witness in the trial, but told RFA’s Khmer Service he will participate, despite never having held a discussion with Kem Sokha.

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