Still No Date for Resuming Kem Sokha Trial After Five Months: Lawyer

Seeking a “quick and fair” trial, a lawyer for opposition leader Kem Sokha said the ongoing suspension of his client’s court proceedings could impact his rights.

Sokha’s trial, which began early this year — some 28 months after his arrest — was suspended in March due to concerns over potential Covid-19 transmission. More than five months later, attorney Chan Chen said that a June request to resume the trial had been rejected and there was no further communication from the court about when it may resume.

“Delaying [the trial] for a long time affects our interests, meaning the rights of my client,” Chen said. Sokha should be given “a quick and fair trial under national and international laws.”

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