Mass trial of Cambodian dissidents ‘a plot against democracy’

Khmer Bible editor Theary Seng says she and others are being persecuted for their adherence to democracy.

The mass trial of Cambodian dissidents continued on Jan. 14 with 61 supporters of the banned political opposition facing Phnom Penh Municipal Court amid calls for support from the international community.

Only registered journalists were allowed inside the courthouse while others were denied entry by officials who said the number of people inside had to be cut due to social distancing regulations imposed because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Much of the hearing was procedural but also focused on which people belonged to which Facebook group.

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