Cambodian dissidents get stiff sentences in mass trial

PM warns he will sue anyone who defames his ruling party .

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen warned he will sue anyone who defames his long-ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) as a Phnom Penh court sentenced 36 people to between five and seven years in prison for plotting to overthrow his administration.

Former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) leader Sam Rainsy and vice president Mu Sochua, a dual American-Cambodian citizen, were among those convicted in this country’s fifth mass trial of dissidents and both were sentenced to seven years in absentia.

According to a head count by Voice of Democracy (VOD) just four remain in the country to answer charges in regards to the alleged 2021 plot linked to Mu Sochua’s attempts to return to Phnom Penh to face court on similar allegations made two years earlier.

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