The prosecution and defense spent all of Thursday morning debating whether the former could introduce new evidence during the trial, with Kem Sokha’s lawyer arguing prosecutors were restricted to evidence uncovered during the investigation period.
It has been seven weeks since Kem Sokha’s trial began on January 15. On Thursday, there was no cross examination, no arguments made for or against the treason charge leveled against the opposition leader and another hearing where Kem Sokha remained completely silent.
The prosecution on Wednesday submitted new evidence, which the council of judges took under consideration on Thursday morning. The prosecution said the evidence was needed to counter similar evidence introduced by the defense earlier in the trial.