Phnom Penh Municipal Court
Kem Sokha outside the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on September 7, 2022. (Kem Sokha’s Facebook page)

Prosecution, Judges Link CNRP, Sokha to Veng Sreng Violence

Prosecutors and judges in the Kem Sokha treason trial looked to link senior CNRP leadership to the violence during garment worker protests in 2014, though most of the time they linked Sam Rainsy or Mu Sochua to the violence, not Sokha.

Timeline: Five Years Since Kem Sokha’s Arrest

Years of political pressure preceded opposition Kem Sokha’s arrest on September 3, 2017, which came amid a year of escalating incidents. Five years since that day, his treason trial drags on with the country’s political opposition cowed by arrests and toothless in the face of a dominant ruling party.

Supporters of on-trial opposition leader Kem Sokha line up outside the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on August 31, 2022. (Hean Rangsey/VOD)

Prosecution Tries to Link Kem Sokha to Veng Sreng Violence

Prosecutors and government lawyers tried to link opposition leader Kem Sokha to garment workers’ demonstrations in the capital in 2013-2014, as his lawyers again argued that the evidence did not support the charge of treason.