Kem Sokha Charges to Remain Barring ‘New and Convincing Evidence’: Cambodia Justice Ministry

Treason charges against opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) President Kem Sokha will not be dropped unless his legal team produces “new and convincing evidence” to prove his innocence, Cambodia’s Ministry of Justice said Thursday.

“Unless new and convincing evidence is produced to rebut the current legal and factual grounds for the charges, the request [to end the case against him] appears weak and unsubstantiated,” Chin Maline, a spokesperson for the ministry told RFA’s Khmer Service.

The statement came in response to a request by Kem Sokha’s lawyer Pheng Heng for the Phnom Penh Municipal Court to drop the charges against his client, in part because his extended pre-trial detention appears to have violated Cambodian law, and suggests that prosecutors lack solid evidence to prove him guilty.

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