Cambodia gov’t rejects concern over opposition leader’s sentence

Opposition leader Kem Sokha, 69, was sentenced to 27 years on charges of treason and is currently under house arrest.

Cambodia’s government has accused Western countries of political interference and arrogance after foreign diplomats expressed concern over a 27-year prison sentence handed to popular opposition leader Kem Sokha after his conviction for treason in what was described as a highly politicised trial.

Kem Sokha, the 69-year-old co-founder of the country’s now-banned opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), was found guilty of hatching a secret plan in collusion with foreign entities to topple the country’s Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has ruled Cambodia with an iron fist for almost 40 years.

Kem Sokha had denied the charges.

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