Court Asks Kem Sokha About “Secret Structure” Of Volunteers At CCHR

The Council of Judges asked opposition leader Kem Sokha Wednesday morning if he ran a “secret structure” of volunteers at the provincial offices of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, an allegation flatly denied by the defendant.

Kem Sokha’s treason trial resumed Wednesday morning with one of the three judges questioning Kem Sokha about his work at human rights NGO CCHR. The judge Seng Leang asked about the staff who worked at the NGO, the internal and hiring policies of CCHR and then proceeded to ask about CCHR’s provincial offices and their staffing.

The judge cited testimony from Chim Phal Virun, a former CCHR staffer and now-spokesman for the ruling party, where he claimed that Kem Sokha and Pa Nguon Teang, also a former CCHR employee, ran a “secret structure” of volunteers out of CCHR’s provincial offices.

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