Kem Sokha to appeal this week against treason conviction
Ex-opposition leader Kem Sokha plans to submit an appeal this week against his treason conviction and the Phnom Penh Municipal Court 27 year home confinement sentence, according to his lawyers. ...
Kem Sokha to meet with defence lawyer March 28
The Phnom Penh Municipal Court has granted permission for Kem Sokha, former president of the long-defunct Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), to meet with his defence lawyer on March 28. The meeting is set to take place at his residence in Phnom Penh’s Tuol Kork ...
Former opposition activists arrested for Facebook posts insulting the king
Two former opposition activists were arrested Tuesday and charged with incitement and insulting the King for Facebook posts commenting on the relationship between King Norodom Sihamoni and Prime Minister Hun Sen. ...
EU’s Sokha resolution ‘a sovereign rights breach’
The National Assembly (NA) said the European Parliament (EP) did not respect the Kingdom’s independence and sovereignty when it passed a resolution strongly critical of the recent conviction and sentencing of former opposition leader Kem Sokha for “treason”. ...
Sokha case draws applause, criticism
Following a marathon treason trial that first commenced in January 2020, the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on March 3 sentenced former opposition leader Kem Sokha to 27 years in prison – in a much-anticipated verdict that has drawn a barrage of mixed reactions from national ...
Germany, EU monitoring Cambodia’s democracy, says Sokha
Germany, the European Union and the international community have been observing former opposition leader Kem Sokha’s court case to monitor Cambodia’s human rights and democratic practices. ...
Son Chhay found guilty for defamation, ordered to pay CPP $750,000
The Phnom Penh court on Friday ordered opposition Candlelight Party vice president Son Chhay to pay the ruling CPP 3 billion riel ($750,000) in damages, finding him guilty of defamation for saying that voting fraud occurred during the June commune elections. ...
Court Warns Kem Sokha to Cease ‘Political Activity’
A Phnom Penh Municipal Court judge on Wednesday rejected the prosecution’s request that former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) president Kem Sokha be rearrested for allegedly violating his bail conditions. ...
Verdicts, sentences upheld in Adhoc ‘witness bribery’ case
The Phnom Penh Municipal Court of Appeal on May 23 delivered a ruling in the cases of four ADHOC officials and one former official of the local rights group, upholding the lower court’s guilty verdict in all of their cases. ...
Ex-CNRP’s Son Chhay joins Candlelight Party
A former senior opposition figure has joined the Candlelight Party (CP), formerly the Sam Rainsy Party (SRP), long after being granted political rehabilitation back in September 2020. CP officials said many former opposition officials had joined the party. ...
Three more ex-CNRP officials granted political rehabilitation
King Norodom Sihamoni on February 15 issued a royal decree granting political rehabilitation to three former senior officials of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) – Chan Cheng, Ket Khy and Pot Pov. ...
Cambodian court under fire from opposition, NGOs on second day of Kem Sokha trial
A court in Cambodia held the second day of hearings in the treason trial of opposition leader Kem Sokha on Thursday, as the defendant’s party decried what it called a “political show” orchestrated by the government and authorities came under fire for refusing observers access ...
Sokha’s treason trial begins
The treason trial of Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) president Kem Sokha began at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Wednesday with the presentation of a two-minute video clip. The footage, which was the basis of the charge against him, was dismissed by ...
Security beefed up before Sokha trial
Security will be heightened across the Kingdom on Wednesday, especially in the capital and around the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, in preparation for Kem Sokha’s treason trial. The former president of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) was arrested in September 2017 and ...
Ex-CNRP form political party
Former members of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) and other activists on Thursday announced the formation of a new political party called the Cambodian Nation Love Party (CNLP) to continue the CNRP’s legacy and participate in future elections. One of the party’s ...
US told to refrain from interfering in Sokha case
Senior Cambodian officials said on Thursday that the US can monitor Kem Sokha’s trial as it wishes but would not be allowed to interfere in court procedures. The point was made in response to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s comments on Wednesday at a ...
PM tells ministry to ‘work on’ bail for Rainsy plot supporters
Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Minister of Justice to work with prosecutors to release on bail under court supervision those activists who had supported Sam Rainsy’s plan to return and overthrow the government. Speaking at the inauguration of a cement factory in Kampot ...
Sokha charge calls are ‘judicial interference’
A Ministry of Justice spokesman and Cambodia’s Permanent Mission to the UN Office at Geneva (Unog) have described demands for the treason charge against Kem Sokha to be dropped as tantamount to interference in the judiciary. Rhona Smith, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation ...
Cambodian Permanent Mission to UN hits out at Smith statement
The Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Cambodia to the UN Office at Geneva (UNOG) said it had learned “with great dismay” the statement by Rhona Smith, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia. ...
UN concerned over political crackdown
UN human rights experts have expressed concern about what they call an escalating trend of silencing political opinion, saying the government has used criminal law to deny former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) members’ the rights to expression and to hold gatherings. However, senior government ...
140 ex-opposition members summoned by courts: rights group
Cambodian courts and police authorities have summoned a total of 140 ex-members of the opposition party in recent weeks, a local human rights group said, as government efforts to intimidate and suppress the opposition continue more than a year after the party was banned. Dozens of ...
Prime Minister: Ignore group’s calls to stage ‘a coup d’etat’
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday told Sar Kheng and other government officials not to respond to an unnamed group who he said had urged the Minister of Interior to stage a coup against the leader of the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP). He said ...