Kem Sokha Trial Date Set For January; Appeal Court Denies Challenge to Trial Moving Forward

Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha’s treason case will head to trial on January 15, 2020, according to Phnom Penh Municipal Court document. The announcement came a week after the court claimed there was adequate evidence to proceed with the charges.

Shortly before the trial announcement on Monday, Kem Sokha’s motion in the Appeal Court, challenging the lower court’s decision last week to proceed with the trial, was turned down.

The trial comes nearly two and half years after Kem Sokha was arrested in a midnight raid in Phnom Penh, on the charge of conspiring with foreign powers. Phnom Penh Municipal Court spokesperson Y Rin would only confirm that the trial will be held on January 15.

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