Cambodia opposition leaders questioned in court

Cambodia’s opposition leaders were questioned in court Tuesday in connection with recent protests against strongman premier Hun Sen — a case they denounced as politically motivated. Prosecutors at Phnom Penh Municipal Court spent several hours grilling Sam Rainsy and his deputy Kem Sokha about unrest that led to a bloody police crackdown on striking garment workers. No charges have been brought against them. “The problem is a political one. As long as there is no political solution yet, there will be a judicial issue pending,” Rainsy said at a press conference after the closed-door hearing. … Earlier this month police opened fire on striking garment factory employees demanding a minimum wage of $160 per month for their work in an industry which supplies brands including Gap, Nike and H&M, killing at least four civilians. … The government says the rallies were illegal and has indefinitely banned opposition demonstrations in the capital.

Channel News Asia Staff