Cambodian opposition leader’s treason trial ends

Kem Sokha expects to learn fate on March 3 next year, four months before upcoming election.

A Cambodian court has heard the closing arguments and wrapped up the treason trial of former opposition leader Kem Sokha.

Prosecutors on Dec. 21 demanded that the Phnom Penh Municipal Court hand down a lengthy prison term and warned that the government would seek damages through further civil legal action.

Kem Sokha, former head of the outlawed Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) was arrested about five years ago when Prime Minister Hun Sen initiated a crackdown on dissent alleging a plot to overthrow his government with foreign support.

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