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Several senior CNRP leaders including Sam Rainsy, center-left, and Mu Sochua, center-right, in an undated photo posted to Rainsy’s Facebook page in early 2019.

At Closing of CNRP Leaders’ Trial, Defense Lawyers at Odds

Defense lawyers for nine senior opposition leaders gave conflicting closing statements on Tuesday, with a Bar Association-appointed lawyer requesting a minimum sentence — due to defendants’ age and inability to carry out their plans — as if they had pleaded guilty.

Vehicles to transport defendants from the Phnom Penh Municipal Court to prison on February 4, 2021. (Ouch Sony/VOD)

Phone Taps Against Teachers Debated in CNRP Trial

Tapped private phone conversations were debated in court on Thursday as evidence of former opposition party members organizing a plan to topple the government, in the latest hearing in a series of ongoing trials against the outlawed CNRP.

Sim Vuthy (front left), deputy director of the Interior Ministry’s anti-terrorism department, and other officials leave the Phnom Penh Muncipal Court on January 29, 2021. (Ouch Sony/VOD)

CNRP Speeches, Online Posts Shown as Evidence of Coup

Prosecutors on Friday showed statements, recorded speeches and social media posts from senior opposition leaders — including comments made during a meeting in Lowell, Massachusetts in 2019 — as evidence that nine defendants charged with attacking the government had planned a coup.

Chea Yamorn (left) and Prum Rath, defendants in a mass trial against 60 CNRP politicians and supporters, speak with reporters outside the Phnom Penh Muncipal Court after a hearing on January 28, 2021. (Ouch Sony/VOD)

CNRP Mass Trial Defendant Asked: ‘Who Is the Dictator?’

Phnom Penh Municipal Court judges on Thursday grilled opposition defendants in ongoing mass trials over the meaning of their social media posts, including how they defined the words “liberate,” “dictator,” “struggle” and “democracy.”

Seng Chanthorn, (second from right), holds a photo of her jailed husband, Sun Thun, while protesting with other women in front of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on September 25, 2020. They are calling for the release from prison of their spouses, all former CNRP officials. (Hy Chhay/VOD)

CNRP Mass Trials: The Cases and the Controversy

Six case files against 153 CNRP defendants, split into four trials, make up a web of ongoing prosecutions against the outlawed opposition’s senior leaders and grassroots supporters.