US Ambassador Wants Cambodian Opposition Leader Kem Sokha Freed, Despite Easing of Restrictions

The U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia Patrick Murphy on Monday called for the full restoration of former opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) president Kem Sokha’s freedom, saying that the easing of restrictions as part of his de facto house arrest over the weekend does not go far enough.

Kem Sokha, who was arrested in September 2017 on charges of “treason” amid a crackdown on the opposition by Prime Minister Hun Sen, met with Murphy at his home on Monday, a day after the Phnom Penh Municipal Court announced that he is now free to leave his house, but can’t travel outside Cambodia or take part in political activities.

Following the meetings, Kem Sokha apologized to reporters, saying he was unable to respond to questions that are political in nature.

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