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Opposition leader Kem Sokha leaves the Phnom Penh Municipal Court in his vehicle on February 12, 2020. (Ouch Sony/VOD)

Kem Sokha Grilled About His Former Party’s Merger With Sam Rainsy

Opposition leader Kem Sokha was questioned in court on Wednesday about who initiated discussions to merge his former party with the Sam Rainsy Party, why the parties joined together to form the now-banned CNRP and whether foreigners were involved in its creation.

Kem Sokha leaves the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on January 30, 2020. (Ouch Sony/VOD)

Kem Sokha Accused of Underreporting Political Expenses

The reported expenses of on trial opposition leader Kem Sokha’s Human Rights Party fell below the plausible costs of the party’s activities, government lawyers claimed on Thursday, though they did not say what activities were supposedly unaccounted for.

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.

Kem Sokha greets reporters outside his home on November 11, 2019; CNRP activists are escorted outside the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on November 14, 2019. (Panha Chhorpoan/VOD)

Gov’t to Note Release of Kem Sokha, Opposition Activists in EBA Reply

The E.U. is asking too much — it’s pushing the government to break the country’s laws — so Cambodia will merely update the bloc about the easing of restrictions for on trial opposition leader Kem Sokha and other concessions, the governmental Human Rights Committee said this week.

US Ambassador Patrick Murphy and CNRP president Kem Sokha outside Sokha’s Phnom Penh home on November 11, 2019. (Sanh Bun Hoeun/VOD)

Kem Sokha’s Trial Date Set Amid EU, US Pressure

Kem Sokha, leader of the outlawed main opposition party, will stand trial for alleged treason in January — 28 months after his arrest — the Phnom Penh Municipal Court said on Monday, amid heightened pressure on Cambodia from the E.U. and U.S.