Cambodia Sends U.S. Activist and Other Opposition Members to Prison

Theary Seng, a Cambodian American lawyer, and dozens of other critics of Prime Minister Hun Sen were convicted of conspiracy to commit treason.

Theary Seng, a Cambodian American lawyer and a human rights activist, was sentenced to six years in prison on Tuesday as part of Cambodia’s wide-ranging crackdown on opponents of the nation’s prime minister, Hun Sen.

Ms. Theary Seng — a refugee who escaped Cambodia’s killing fields and who had returned from the United States to help build democracy — was convicted of conspiracy to commit treason, along with dozens of other critics and opposition politicians.

Choung Chou Ngy, her lawyer, said he planned to appeal her conviction. He said that those who had received five-year terms had their sentences suspended but that the other defendants with five to eight years would face prison time.

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