Interior Minister Sar Kheng said on Thursday that the reinstatement of opposition leader Kem Sokha’s political rights, which would open the door for his possible return to the political stage, was purely dependent on legal proceedings as his court case is ongoing.
“We must look to the original problem – why [Kem Sokha] was arrested by the police and detained. We must look at the reasons [why]. [But] his legal case hasn’t come to a conclusion yet, so he is still subject to court proceedings,” Sar Kheng said.
Speaking to reporters after a National Assembly session on Thursday, he was responding to a question on whether a law change, likely to be signed off soon by King Norodom Sihamoni, could see Sokha back in politics.