More convictions for Cambodian opposition politicians

Further convictions have been registered against Cambodian opposition politicians, with charges also laid for a Facebook post and foreign media branded for their “evil and poisonous” ambitions as the country gears-up for the Southeast Asia Games in May and elections in July.

Thirteen members of the former National Heart Party (NHP) were sentenced to prison on charges of fraud — nine in absentia — by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on March 24, including its founder Siam Phluk who was ordered to serve two and a half years in prison and was fined.

Siem Phluk was arrested two months before last June’s commune elections, after he was accused of forging documents used to establish the NHP, which included the use of fingerprints belonging to people who were dead, the pro-government Khmer Times reported.

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