US decries ‘fabricated conspiracy theories’ in Cambodia treason trial

Envoy says US has provided aid and never tried to interfere in Cambodia's governance.

The US ambassador to Cambodia said yesterday that he is troubled by “fabricated conspiracy theories” at the treason trial of opposition party leader Kem Sokha, who is accused of plotting to overthrow long-time leader Hun Sen.

Kem Sokha was arrested in 2017 and his political party was banned as the government of Prime Minister Hun Sen cracked down on the opposition, civil society groups and the media in the run-up to parliamentary elections in 2018, in which the ruling party won every seat.

The treason charges against the 66-year-old Kem Sokha stem from accusations that he had been conspiring with the United States to overthrow Mr Hun Sen, who has ruled Cambodia with an iron fist for more than three decades.

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