Treason Trial Opens for Cambodia Opposition Leader

The treason trial of Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha opened Wednesday, more than two years after his arrest in a case decried by his family as a “farce” and widely pilloried as politically motivated.

The 66-year-old co-founded the now-banned Cambodia National Rescue Party, once considered the sole viable opponent to the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) led by strongman premier Hun Sen — who has ruled the country with an iron fist for 35 years.

Sokha was arrested in 2017 and his party dissolved ahead of widely criticized elections the following year — leaving the CPP to canter to victory virtually uncontested.

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