Kem Sokha’s Lawyer Disappointed by Trial Announcement

The treason case against opposition leader Kem Sokha is headed to trial, the Phnom Penh Municipal Court announced on Monday, a decision his lawyer said was regrettable.

Sokha was arrested in September 2017 for allegedly conspiring with the U.S. to topple the government. Two months later the Supreme Court dissolved his CNRP — the ruling party’s only viable challenger — ahead of last year’s national election.

He was jailed and later placed under de facto house arrest until he was released last month amid pressure from the E.U., which is reviewing Cambodia’s duty-free access to its markets due to political and human rights concerns. Sokha has yet to leave his property in Phnom Penh’s Tuol Kork district due to ongoing court restrictions on “political activities.”

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