Treason Trial of Cambodian Opposition Leader Kem Sokha Set For January

Cambodia’s Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Monday announced that the trial of opposition leader Kem Sokha will begin on Jan. 15, some 16 months after he was arrested on charges of treason for allegedly plotting to overthrow Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government.

”The accused, Kem Sokha, with criminal case file #4777 for treason charges in accordance with Article 443 of the Criminal Code, will be tried on Jan. 15, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. in hearing room #1 of the Phnom Penh Trial Court,” the court said in a press release.

Kem Sokha, the former president of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), was arrested in September 2017 and charged with treason over a video recorded four year earlier in which he discusses a strategy to win power at the ballot box with the help of U.S. experts. If convicted, he could face up to 30 years in prison.

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