Politics
Kem Sokha, president of the dissolved opposition CNRP, gestures from inside an SUV as he drives away from the Phnom Penh Muncipal Court on January 15, 2020. (Panha Chorpoan/VOD)

UN Says Kem Sokha Trial ‘Tainted by Irregularities’

UPDATED 9:33 a.m. — U.N. representatives issued a statement on Friday calling the trial of Kem Sokha, the leader of the outlawed opposition, “tainted by irregularities,” and criticized his arrest without a warrant, arbitrary detention and the lack of public access to trial proceedings.

Kem Sokha, wearing a red tie, arrives at the Phnom Penh Muncipal Court on January 15, 2020 (Panha Chorpoan/VOD)

Kem Sokha Defends Actions as Democratic, Not Hostile: Lawyers

Kem Sokha argued in court on Thursday that his political and NGO activities adhered to democratic and human rights principles, and therefore would not be a crime under the charge of conspiring with a foreign power, according to his lawyers.

Interior Minister Sar Kheng speaks in Battambang province on January 9, 2020, in a photo posted to Kheng’s Facebook page.

Sar Kheng Advocates for Reform of the Courts

Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Thursday called for reforms in the country’s judiciary, which has been ranked among the worst in the world in terms of corruption and government influence.