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Former KPP leader pardoned by King

King Norodom Sihamoni yesterday granted a royal pardon to former Khmer Power Party president Sourn Serey Ratha, who had been jailed for just over a year after being convicted of inciting military personnel disobedience and demoralising the army. .. ...

Khuon Narim

Government propaganda film rehashes unsupported claims of ‘terrorism’ plots

The Cambodian government issued an 18-minute propaganda film on Monday, insinuating that political dissidents Sam Serey, Sourn Serey Ratha and Sam Rainsy are “terrorists” working together to overthrow Hun Sen’s regime. ...

Ben Sokhean and Andrew Nachemson

KPP head arrested for Facebook post criticising deployment of troops to Laos border

Khmer Power Party head and former convicted “terrorist” Sourn Serey Ratha was arrested yesterday over a Facebook post criticising the deployment of troops to the Laos border by suggesting that grunts in the field would suffer while the military’s leaders hung back to enjoy “money” ...

Meas Sokchea

PM warns against ‘politicizing’ drought, attacks opposition

Prime Minister Hun Sen once again appealed to citizens to help distribute water to those suffering from the worst drought in over 50 years, during a speech at a graduation ceremony yesterday. ...

Mom Kunthear

Foreign affairs minister dodges defamation case

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court has thrown out a defamation case against Foreign Affairs Minister Hor Namhong that was filed by Khmer Power Party (KPP) President Sourn Serey Ratha in December after Mr. Namhong called the politician’s supporters terrorists. ...

Khy Sovuthy

Dissident files lawsuit against Hor Namhong

Sourn Serey Ratha, president of the nascent Khmer Power Party (KPP), on Monday filed a defamation and incitement lawsuit against Foreign Affairs Minister Hor Namhong at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, following through on a threat he made last week. ...

Khy Sovuthy

KPP boss plans to sue Namhong over 'terrorist' jab

Sourn Serey Ratha, the formerly self-exiled president of the new Khmer Power Party, said yesterday that he was preparing to sue Foreign Minister Hor Namhong for defamation for insinuating last week that Ratha was a “terrorist”, an accusation the government had long levelled at the ...

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea

‘Terrorist’-turned-politician makes his return

Pardoned terrorist and political hopeful Sourn Serey Ratha returned from years of self-imposed exile Thursday, touching down at Phnom Penh International Airport to a muted welcome from a couple of hundred supporters, some of whom knew little about why they were there and came because ...

Zsombor Peter and Khy Sovuthy

Three more ‘terrorists’ pardoned

The government has pardoned and released three men convicted alongside self-exiled dissident Sourn Serey Ratha in January on terrorism charges that were characterized by rights groups as baseless and politically motivated. ...

Zsombor Peter and Khy Sovuthy

Self-exiled ‘terrorist’ sets date for return, plans border trip

Political hopeful and self-exiled dissident Sourn Serey Ratha said Monday that he will make his return to Cambodia after spending years abroad on October 1, in time to mark the anniversary of the Paris Peace Agreement with a trip to the country’s contentious border with ...

Zsombor Peter

One-time ‘terrorists’ get political party

The Interior Ministry officially registered the Khmer Power Party on Friday, after years of insisting—despite a lack of evidence—that its parent group, the Khmer People Power Movement, was a terrorist organization. ...

Aun Pheap

‘Terrorist’ group takes final step to party status

The Khmer People Power Movement on Tuesday handed the Interior Ministry the last of the paperwork it needs to form a political party, just days after its self-exiled founder, Sourn Serey Ratha, was pardoned by King Norodom Sihamoni, at Prime Minister Hun Sen’s request, for ...

Aun Pheap

KPP party hits registry snag

A dissident group is expected to file paperwork today with the Interior Ministry marking its final step towards becoming a political party. ...

Chhay Channyda

Convicted ‘terrorist’ pardoned at PM’s request

King Norodom Sihamoni granted a royal pardon to convicted terrorist plotter Sourn Serey Ratha last week, just days before the self-exile was planning to take the final step in turning his dissident group into a bona fide political party. ...

Aun Pheap and Zsombor Peter

KPPM says it’s one step closer to party-hood

A dissident group, which was unexpectedly given the green light last month to form a political party, claims it has already exceeded the number of signatures necessary to register. ...

Alice Cuddy

Convicted dissident gets green light to register party

The Interior Ministry has given Cambodian dissident Sourn Serey Ratha permission to proceed with the registration of a political party despite the self-exiled government critic’s recent conviction in absentia for plotting an attack on the state. ...

Hul Reaksmey

Dissident ‘plotters’ convicted, jailed over t-shirts

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Wednesday convicted self-exiled dissident Sourn Serey Ratha of incitement, plotting and obstructing elections, while three alleged co-conspirators were also convicted of plotting and obstructing elections. The four were sentenced to between five and seven years in jail for the charges, ...

Khy Sovuthy

Trial of alleged KPPM terrorists concludes; verdict due Jan 14

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Tuesday wrapped up its three-day trial of self-exiled Cambodian Sourn Serey Ratha and three others accused of colluding to overthrow the government of Prime Minister Hun Sen, hearing hours of old statements from the dissident. Mr. Serey Ratha, president of ...

Khy Sovuthy

Monk to use court platform

An activist monk set to face trial today on widely disputed charges of incitement alongside a so-called “terrorist” leader vowed yesterday to use the hearing to preach to the judiciary. In a statement released Sunday, 16 NGOs called for authorities to drop the charges against ...

May Titthara

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