Kem Sokha Accused of Underreporting Political Expenses

The reported expenses of on trial opposition leader Kem Sokha’s Human Rights Party fell below the plausible costs of the party’s activities, government lawyers claimed on Thursday, though they did not say what activities were supposedly unaccounted for.

Sokha, charged with conspiring with a foreign power, is accused of working with the U.S. to overthrow the government and faces up to 30 years in jail if found guilty.

On the sixth day of his trial at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, prosecutors asked Sokha if the U.S. donors that had backed his NGO continued to fund his return to politics. Sokha founded and led the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) from 2002 to 2007.

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