Kem Sokha’s lawyers urge speedy Cambodian treason trial

Prosecutors argue video shows opposition leader taking orders from the United States.

Lawyers representing Kem Sokha, the former president of the outlawed Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP), have urged judges to speed up his treason trial after lengthy delays initially blamed on the Covid-19 pandemic.

His trial resumed on Jan. 25 with the prosecution repeatedly playing a video in which deputy prosecutor Chhay Hong alleged Kem Sokha was “following orders from the US to overthrow the Cambodian government just like the way it was done in the former Yugoslavia.”

Speaking after the hearing, Kem Sokha’s defense attorney Ang Udom said the video was the only evidence being offered by the prosecutors to prove his guilt. The prosecution also played seven shorter video clips edited from the original footage.

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