Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha urges swift verdict in long treason trial: ‘I don’t want to suffer any longer’

Kem Sokha, co-founder of dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party, is accused of conspiring with foreigners to overthrow strongman ruler Hun Sen’s government

Cambodia’s top opposition leader called for a swift verdict in his treason trial on Wednesday, after a court ended more than two years of evidence hearings in a case rights groups have said is politically motivated.

Kem Sokha, the co-founder of the now-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party, stands accused of conspiring with foreign entities to overthrow strongman ruler Hun Sen’s government.

The trial only began some two years after Kem Sokha’s arrest, and hearings were postponed in March 2020 following coronavirus restrictions.

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