Cambodia convicts opposition politicians in ‘unfair’ mass trial

Trial involving exiled leaders Sam Rainsy and Mu Sochua among several targeting members of the forcibly dissolved Cambodian National Rescue Party.

A Cambodian court has convicted 19 opposition politicians – including two prominent leaders in exile – on charges of “incitement” and “conspiracy” and sentenced them to prison, after a mass trial that rights groups have condemned as unfair.

In a decision handed down on Thursday, the Phnom Penh Municipal Court sentenced the defendants, all members of the banned Cambodia National Rescue Party to between five and 10 years in jail.

The longer terms were given to seven leaders in exile overseas, including former CNRP leader Sam Rainsy and deputy leader Mu Sochua, who were tried in their absence.

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