U.S. Ambassador W. Patrick Murphy attended the trial of opposition leader Kem Sokha in Phnom Penh on Thursday and told reporters outside the court that he was troubled by “fabricated conspiracy theories” involving the U.S.
Murphy attended the hearing at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court for about 15 minutes before speaking to reporters outside. Sokha, who was arrested in September 2017, has been on trial since January.
Murphy said the U.S. was watching the trial closely, as it had potential implications for Cambodia’s rule of law as well as international relations.