Prominent lawyer among dozens jailed for treason in Cambodia

Theary Seng receives six-year sentence in ongoing mass trial of government critics in Phnom Penh.

A prominent Cambodian-American lawyer has been sentenced to six years in jail for treason in an ongoing mass trial against critics of the ruling party.

Theary Seng and dozens of activists, many of whom are members of the dissolved opposition group the Cambodia National Rescue party (CNRP), were found guilty at Phnom Penh municipal court on Tuesday. The trial is one of four covering nearly 130 defendants, seen by many as prime minister Hun Sen’s attempt to stamp out growing dissent to his 37 years of rule.

Seng and her co-defendants were accused of trying to help exiled CNRP leader Sam Rainsy with a botched attempt to return to Cambodia in 2019.

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