Lawyer for Cambodian Opposition Leader Kem Sokha Disputes Government Claim of ‘Release’

A lawyer for arrested Cambodian opposition chief Kem Sokha on Wednesday rejected government claims this week that his transfer by authorities from prison to house arrest last year while waiting to be tried was a humanitarian gesture representing “release.”

Speaking to RFA’s Khmer Service on Wednesday, Kem Sokha’s lawyer Men Sopheary called the government’s statement “beyond belief,” adding that Cambodian judicial authorities have forbidden former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) president Kem Sokha from meeting anyone but his family and lawyers.

“I don’t see how he can live peacefully when he has lost almost all of his rights as a citizen, including the right to political activity,” Men Sopheary said. “Even his mother and other relatives feel intimidated when they visit him, because all their activities are closely watched.”

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