Cambodian Court Under Fire From Opposition, NGOs on Second Day of Kem Sokha Trial

A court in Cambodia held the second day of hearings in the treason trial of opposition leader Kem Sokha on Thursday, as the defendant’s party decried what it called a “political show” orchestrated by the government and authorities came under fire for refusing observers access to the proceedings.

On day two of the trial, prosecutors at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court focused on what they said were activities Kem Sokha undertook from 1993-2007 that amounted to “conspiracy with foreign powers,” the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) president’s lawyer, Meng Sopheary, told RFA’s Khmer Service.

“Kem Sokha has said he did not invite any countries to invade Cambodia or cause Cambodia to lose its sovereignty or submit to a foreign invasion,” she said.

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