Defense Boycotts Cambodian Opposition Chief’s Trial Over Introduction of New Evidence

The entire legal team representing Cambodia’s opposition leader Kem Sokha stormed out of his treason trial on Thursday, saying they were denied the right to speak on his behalf during the proceedings after being presented with volumes of new evidence by prosecutors only a day earlier.

Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) President Kem Sokha’s lawyer Ang Odom told RFA’s Khmer Service that Phnom Penh Municipal Court Presiding Judge Koy Sao did not provide equal opportunities for his team to defend his client during Thursday’s hearings, as the trial concluded its fourth week.

“The court was trying to shut us up,” he said.

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