Ex-Cambodian opposition leader sentenced to life

Sam Rainsy has been convicted in absentia for supposedly ‘ceding territory to a foreign entity’.

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court has sentenced Sam Rainsy, the leader-in-exile of the outlawed Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP), to life behind bars for “ceding territory” after he met with indigenous groups, reports said.

Rainsy, who lives in France, has been convicted in absentia on charges ranging from incitement and defamation to plotting to overthrow the government, and his sentences to date total more than 40 years, besides the life term handed down on Oct. 19.

He was charged for a meeting in 2013 with an ethnic Jarai leader who headed the Montagnard Foundation. He reportedly promised to uphold the rights of minorities if the CNRP won the upcoming national elections.

In full: https://www.ucanews.com/news/ex-cambodian-opposition-leader-sentenced-to-life/99133

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