Cambodian PM Hun Sen Says No Release For Opposition Leader Kem Sokha

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Monday that opposition leader Kem Sokha will not be released from detention despite hitting the 18-month maximum allowed by law in pre-trial detention, a move denounced by the opposition as a violation of the constitution.

Cambodia National Rescue Party President Kem Sokha was arrest in September 2017 for alleged acts of “treason” and the Supreme Court ordered the dissolution of the CNRP two months later, which paved the way for Hun Sen’s ruling Cambodia People’s Party (CPP) to win all 125 seats in parliament in a July 2018 general election.

On Sunday, the 18-month mark in Kem Sokha’s detention, the CNRP issued a statement renewing its call for Hun Sen regime to immediately and unconditionally release him.

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