Kem Sokha leaves the Phnom Penh Municipal Court after a morning session of closing arguments on December 21, 2022. (Hean Rangsey/VOD)

Kem Sokha Treason Trial: Verdict Set for March 3

After three years of trial hearings — and five years since Kem Sokha was arrested — closing arguments in the opposition leader’s protracted treason trial were squeezed into one day of hearings.

Kem Sokha leaves the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on October 5, 2022. (Hean Rangsey/VOD)

Witness Questioning Begins in Kem Sokha Trial

A Phnom Penh court questioned one witness in the Kem Sokha treason trial on Wednesday, mostly focusing on any foreign assistance or direction on political decisions made by the former CNRP president.

Kem Sokha waves outside the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on September 14, 2022. (Hean Rangsey/VOD)

Kem Sokha Treason Trial Moves Onto ‘Lotus Revolution,’ Taiwan

The trial against opposition leader Kem Sokha tried to link him to an alleged color revolution attempt in 2013 when party colleagues and supporters held lotuses at public demonstrations, and questioned him over the Taiwanese ruling party’s visit to his CNRP that year.

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.