Cambodia’s Kem Sokha faces court on controversial treason charge

Kem Sokha is accused of collaborating with the US to overthrow the gov't in case critics say is politically motivated.

More than two years after being arrested for treason, Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha will go on trial on Wednesday in advance of a crucial European Union decision on preferential trading rights that the grouping has threatened to withdraw over human rights abuses.

The president of Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), Kem Sokha, was arrested in the early hours of September 3, 2017, and later charged with treason; accused of collaborating with the United States to topple the Cambodian government of longtime ruler Hun Sen.

The arrest came as support for the CNRP surged among Cambodians, but the allegations stemmed from a speech the opposition leader had given in Australia in 2013 that had long been publicly available.

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