Khmer Bible editor charged with treason in Cambodia

Theary Seng says charges relate to Sam Rainsy's failed bid to return to Cambodia.

A prominent Christian and pro-democracy activist has been charged with treason after backing a failed bid by Cambodia’s opposition leader-in-exile Sam Rainsy to return home where he planned to stage widespread protests.

Theary Seng, whose work includes editing the Khmer version of the Bible, is among 55 people who will shortly face a court and the prospect of 12 years in jail for conspiracy to commit treason and incitement to commit a felony.

“[Cambodian Prime Minister] Hun Sen and his cronies are afraid of Sam Rainsy returning to continue to do politics in Cambodia,” said Theary Seng, adding she was prepared to go to jail.

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