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CNRP president Kem Sokha at his home in Phnom Penh on November 11, 2019. (Sanh Bun Hoeun/VOD)

Investigation Into Kem Sokha’s Treason Case Closed

UPDATED 6:10 p.m. — A Phnom Penh judge has closed the investigation into opposition leader Kem Sokha’s treason case more than two years after his arrest, with the court still left to decide whether and when to send the case to trial.

Australian Ambassador to Cambodia Angela Corcoran and CNRP president Kem Sokha outside his Phnom Penh home on November 12, 2019 (Sanh Bun Hoeun/VOD)

EU: ‘We Expect’ Kem Sokha’s Full Release

Government spokesman Phay Siphan rejected the notion that Cambodia would alter its approach to politics under the pressure of possible trade sanctions, as diplomatic meetings continued on Wednesday at the newly released opposition leader’s Phnom Penh home.

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

After Kem Sokha Meeting, US Advises Gov’t to Drop Charges

A day after having his court restrictions relaxed, opposition leader Kem Sokha on Monday met with the French and U.S. ambassadors at his home, though he refrained from speaking to journalists because he was unclear whether it would violate his ban on participating in politics.

CNRP president Kem Sokha in September 2018 (Supplied)

Kem Sokha Allowed to Leave Home, but Ordered to Remain in Cambodia

Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha has been released from de facto house arrest following a 2017 arrest on widely criticized treason charges, but remains under court supervision, according to a court statement published by government-aligned Fresh News Sunday.

Kem Sokha (right), with his wife Te Chanmono (left) and his mother Sao Nget, at his Phnom Penh home the day after he was released from Correctional Center 3 prison in September 2018. (Chhea Bunnarith)

Ministry to US: Kem Sokha in ‘Comfort of His Home’

Cambodia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry on Tuesday responded to a video from the U.S. State Department, which called opposition leader Kem Sokha’s ongoing detention without trial “baseless,” by noting that Sokha had been released from prison to the “comfort of his home” a year ago.

Kem Sokha (center), with his wife Te Chanmono (left) and his mother Sao Nget, at his Phnom Penh home the day after he was released from Correctional Center 3 prison in September 2018. (Chhea Bunnarith)

Two Years After Arrest, Kem Sokha Still Kept Out of Sight

Two years since his arrest, opposition leader Kem Sokha’s ongoing detention has kept him out of sight and out of mind, with supporters saying he has not been forgotten, but that they feel powerless to help him.

CNRP president Kem Sokha in September 2018 (Supplied)

Analysis: Why Does the US Care About Kem Sokha?

Political tensions are threatening Cambodia’s duty-free access to the E.U. and U.S. markets. Driving the tensions is the E.U. and U.S.’s insistence on Cambodia restoring the appearances of democracy, including the release of former opposition leader Kem Sokha from house arrest.