The former president of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party Kem Sokha said he formed the Human Rights Party (HRP) to serve the interests of Cambodian people, and not to conspire with foreign powers to overthrow the government as claimed in the case against him.
Sokha made the remarks as his treason trial entered the fourth week. He has been charged with “conspiracy with a foreign power” and faces up to 30 years in prison if found guilty.
At the hearing, Sokha was grilled by government lawyer Ly Chan Tola about the HRP’s establishment, his activities as its leader from 2007-2012 and his relationship with the International Republican Institute (IRI), National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the US Agency for International Development.
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