Cambodia: Opposition leader sentenced to 27 years for treason
05 March 2023 | 7:53 am
A court has sentenced Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha to 27 years in detention for treason. Critics say the trial was designed to keep him out of an upcoming election.
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A Cambodian court has convicted the leader of the country's only viable opposition party of treason. The move comes just four months before a general election and a long-planned dynastic handover of power.
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