Cambodia’s PM Hun Sen Threatens Opposition Leader Kem Sokha With Return to Prison

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday threatened to cut short opposition chief Kem Sokha’s bail and return him to prison, suggesting he was trying to “get away” with treason amid a postponement in his trial.

Kem Sokha, the head of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), was arrested in September 2017 for allegedly conspiring to overthrow Hun Sen’s government, and his party was banned by the Supreme Court two months later for its role in the alleged plot.

The moves, as well as other restrictions on democracy and human rights, prompted the European Union in February to announce a partial withdrawal of trade benefits for Cambodia under its Everything But Arms (EBA) scheme that grants developing nations tariff-free access to its markets—posing an existential threat to the country’s key garment industry.

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