Journalists, NGO monitors could be kept out of Kem Sokha trial

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court has capped the number of observers for opposition leader Kem Sokha’s treason trial on Wednesday at 30, raising concerns that no journalists or NGO officers will be allowed to monitor the proceedings.

Embassy and police officials are expected to be given first priority, according to an NGO official, who suggested that the hearing should be live streamed to promote accountability.

In a statement dated Thursday, the court said anyone — whether Cambodian or foreign — wanting to attend Sokha’s trial must register with the court.

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