Cambodia’s fifth mass dissident trial starts

Judge cites report, Facebook posts to back charges of another plot to oust Prime Minister Hun Sen.

The fifth mass trial of supporters of the outlawed Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) has got underway in Phnom Penh with prosecutors citing Facebook posts and secret wiretaps to back allegations of another plot to oust Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Judge Ouk Reth Kunthea read details of a report that “ill-intentioned tricks” were used in an attempt to topple the government by inciting and angering people into protests through a planned return by Mu Sochua, the CNRP vice-president, in 2021.

She said Mu Sochua had posted announcements on social media, including Facebook, declaring her intention to return and attend a previous hearing for similar charges being held in Phnom Penh Municipal Court.

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