Cambodian Court Summons Ruling Party Spokesman to Testify in Kem Sokha Treason Trial

Days ahead of the trial of opposition chief Kem Sokha, a court in Cambodia’s capital has summoned a spokesman for the country’s ruling party to testify at his hearing, drawing concerns from observers who say the move is part of a bid to smear his character.

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Monday called Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) spokesman Chhim Phalvorun, who has regularly made comments critical of Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) President Kem Sokha, to act as a witness at Kem Sokha’s Jan. 15 trial on charges of treason, which could see him jailed for up to 30 years if convicted.

“I will say what I know and I will not exaggerate,” Chhim Phalvorun, who worked with Kem Sokha when he founded the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) nongovernmental organization in 2002, told RFA’s Khmer Service.

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