Cambodian Court Sentences Opposition Figure to 3 Years Prison

The sentence came just weeks after Thach Setha was sentenced to 18 months prison for allegedly passing fraudulent checks.

A leading Cambodian opposition politician has been sentenced to another three years in prison after being convicted on two charges of incitement, the latest sign that the political climate will remain chilly under the new-look government headed by Prime Minister Hun Manet.

In a trial hearing, Phnom Penh Municipal Court convicted Thach Setha, a vice president of the opposition Candlelight Party (CLP), of incitement to commit a felony and incitement to discriminate on the basis of race, religion, or nationality, The Associated Press reported. In handing down the ruling, Judge Chhun Davy of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court ordered him to pay a 4 million riel ($1,000) fine.

The case against Thach Setha was based on remarks posted on social media that he made in January about then-Prime Minister Hun Sen’s relationship with neighboring Vietnam.

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