Foreign Power Threat Looms Over Kem Sokha Trial in Cambodia

The hearings have again spotlighted the ruling government’s obsession with threats from foreign powers and color revolutions.

For two years, the leader of Cambodia’s opposition party has languished in prison or home detention awaiting his trial for treason when prosecutors were expected to at least clarify allegations that foreign powers had conspired to topple the government of Prime Minister Hun Sen.

With the trial now ongoing, while opportunities to do just that have arisen, the best prosecutors could argue so far was an interpretation that the word “they” inferred “any foreign government”.

It’s an argument in semantics with barely a reference made to the United States. Annoyed with the tone of the prosecutor’s argument, the defense even requested a linguistic expert to interpret the word “they.”

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