United Nations Special Rapporteurs have labelled the treason trial of opposition leader Kem Sokha as “tainted” and said the entire legal processes surrounding the case have been marred by irregularities.
Kem Sokha went to trial last week, more than two years after he was first arrested in September 2017. The first two days of the trial ended last Thursday and will resume on January 22, with the trial expected to take at least three months.
Rhona Smith, Special Rapporteur on human rights in Cambodia; David Kaye, Special Rapporteur on promotion and protection of the right to freedom of expression; and Diego Garcia-Sayan, Special Rapporteur on independence of judges and lawyers released the critical statement on Friday calling the charges politically motivated.
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