Cambodian politician denies being involved in US plot to overthrow government

Kem Sokha, the leader of Cambodia’s outlawed opposition party on Thursday denied allegations that he conspired with the US government, during the fourth day of hearings in his treason charge.

Sokha, president of the dissolved Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP), said in court that the US government did not instruct him to plot a revolution or follow a “Yugoslavian” grassroots protest strategy like the one that ousted Slobodan Milosevic in 2000.

In a 2013 video of Sokha giving a speech in Australia, which the government has put forward as the main evidence of his alleged US-backed colour revolution plot, the politician says he received political advice from the US.

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