The Council of Judges will decide Wednesday afternoon whether the 34 pieces of evidence submitted by the opposition leader Kem Sokha’s defense team can be presented in court, and will also play a one-hour segment of the alleged “treason” video.
The trial resumed at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Wednesday, after trial judges ended last Thursday’s hearing early, to give the defense time to submit any evidence it wanted to present before the court. This included a longer video clip of the 2013 speech in Australia to party supporters, which allegedly shows Kem Sokha’s admitting to conspiring with foreign powers.
The defense began the proceedings by detailing all 35 pieces of evidence. This included the one-hour video clip of his 2013 speech in Australia, which has already been admitted by the judges. Ten shorter segments of the same speech, videos of his time as a parliamentarian in the 1990s and then later as deputy president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party as part of the evidence submitted.