Cambodia: opponent Kem Sokha sentenced to 27 years in prison for treason

Kem Sokha left his home on Friday to go to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court for the verdict of his trial. TANG CHHIN SOTHY / AFP

NARRATIVE – The regime of Prime Minister Hun Sen, in power for thirty years, is tightening the noose four months before the legislative elections.

In Phnom Penh (Cambodia).

It was through a backdoor in the municipal court of Phnom Penh that Kem Sokha was removed from the Cambodian political arena. After three years of a river trial punctuated by 66 hearings, the 69-year-old opponent was sentenced on Friday to 27 years in prison for “treason“.

Following a short hearing, Kem Sokha was kept at a safe distance from the audience of journalists and supporters gathered outside the court, cutting short any possibility of speaking.
A vehicle took him to his home, where he is now under house arrest and placed under judicial supervision. “I am shocked and I have pity for him, sighed a sympathizer in front of the court following the verdict. If he is ever freed and if he creates a new party, I will support him without hesitation.ยป

A few minutes earlier, Judge Koy Sao announced the heavy sentence against the former leader of the National Rescue Party of Cambodia (PSNC), the main opposition party…

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