Kem Sokha Grilled About His Former Party’s Merger With Sam Rainsy

Opposition leader Kem Sokha was questioned in court on Wednesday about who initiated discussions to merge his former party with the Sam Rainsy Party, why the parties joined together to form the now-banned CNRP and whether foreigners were involved in its creation.

Sokha, president of the dissolved opposition CNRP, is accused of conspiring with the U.S. to overthrow the Cambodian government. He was arrested in 2017, jailed for a year and later released to de facto house arrest.

In November, Sokha’s court restrictions were eased, however, he is still not allowed to leave the country or engage in political activities. He faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted.

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