Cambodian judge ends treason investigation of opposition leader

Development comes as concerns about human rights situation leave Cambodia's EU trade privileges in the balance.

A judge in Cambodia has closed the investigation into treason charges against opposition leader Kem Sokha, which means he could now be brought to trial or the charges could be dropped, his daughter said on Friday.

With the European Union threatening to suspend Cambodia’s trade benefits, the government under Prime Minister Hun Sen is under growing pressure on human rights.

Kem Sokha was freed from house arrest last weekend and Hun Sen ordered the release of more than 70 opposition activists on Thursday. The activists had been detained as exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy said he planned to return home.

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