Observers: U.S. Ambassador’s Trial Appearance Strategic, Protects Interests in Cambodia

Two weeks ago, U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia, W. Patrick Murphy, made a blink-and-you-miss-it appearance at the trial hearing for opposition leader Kem Sokha. Few minutes after arriving, the ambassador left the court premises and made a beeline for the waiting media to deliver a message.

“We’re troubled to see prosecutors introduce fabricated conspiracy theories about the United States,” said Ambassador Murphy.

“Kem Sokha has a well-deserved reputation around world as a champion for rights and freedoms. We look forward to seeing his political rights fully restored, just as we hope that all Cambodians can participate in the political process.”

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