Wednesday 21 February 2018

Cambodia's opposition leader denied bail in 'treason' case

Stock picture of prison bars
Stock picture of prison bars

Cambodia's appeals court has rejected a request for the release on bail of opposition leader Kem Sokha.

Mr Kem Sokha has been charged with treason in a case that is seen as a partisan political move by the government ahead of next year's general election.

Lawyers for Mr Kem Sokha, head of the Cambodia National Rescue Party, boycotted Tuesday's hearing when their demand that their client be allowed to attend was denied.

Lawyer Sam Sokong cited the judge saying Mr Kem Sokha was not brought to appear because of security concerns.

This was a reference to the prospect of a protest by the opposition leader's supporters.

Mr Kem Sokha was charged with treason for allegedly conspiring with the United States to topple the government.

He could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted.

AP

Press Association

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