Cambodian PM backs life sentence for opposition leader

Hun Sen says ‘fortunately’ Cambodia does not have the death penalty.

Prime Minister Hun Sen declared his support for a life sentence meted out to former opposition leader Sam Rainsy after he was convicted of “ceding territory” to indigenous groups, saying it was fortunate that Cambodia did not have the death penalty.

“I have no right to handover even a millimeter of [Cambodian] land to any foreign country. If I do so, it means that I also commit the same crime. Therefore, the court’s ruling was the right decision based on specific evidence,” he said in a dispatch from the semi-official Fresh News.

Phnom Penh Municipal Court sentenced the former leader of the Cambodian National Rescue Party (NCRP) to life imprisonment, in absentia, on Tuesday and revoked all political rights, which include the right to vote and the right to stand for elections.

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