‘Mockery of justice’: Cambodia’s Rainsy gets 25-year jail term

The country’s top opposition party was banned in 2018 and many of its leaders and supporters put on trial.

Cambodia’s exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy has been sentenced in absentia to 25 years in jail for an alleged plot to overthrow the government of Prime Minister Hun Sen, a court official said, drawing swift condemnation from the opposition and rights groups.

Rainsy was convicted “for an (attempted) attack in Cambodia in 2019”, Y Rin, a spokesman for Phnom Penh Municipal Court, told the AFP news agency on Monday, refusing to give further details.

The court also stripped Rainsy of the right to vote and stand as a candidate in an election, the official said.

In full: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/3/2/mockery-of-justice-cambodias-rainsy-gets-25-year-jail-time

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