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Kem Sokha to appear in Court of Appeals on Thursday

May Titthara / Khmer Times Share:
Kem Sokha being escorted from his home by police on September 3, 2017. Supplied

The Court of Appeals will conduct a closed door bail hearing on Thursday for the first time with Kem Sokha, the former president of the main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party, present in the room.

Mr Sokha faces a charge of treason and the Phnom Penh Municipal Court earlier denied him bail.

Touch Tharith, the deputy secretary-general and spokesman for the Court of Appeals, said Mr Sokha has been detained at a prison in Tbong Khmum province and will be taken to the hearing at the court on Thursday morning.

“They will bring Mr Kem Sokha to attend the bail hearing tomorrow on February 1 at 7am,” he said.

Mr Sokha’s lawyer, Pheng Heng, said his client will be allowed to appear in the court on Thursday.

“They will bring him to the hearing – our lawyers have received information through their families,” he said.

Mr Sokha was arrested on September 3, 2017, at his home in Phnom Penh’s Tuol Kork district and charged with treason, which carries a sentence of up to 30 years in jail if he is found guilty.

His party was dissolved by the Supreme Court on November 16 and 118 senior party members were also barred from joining politics for five years.

Full story in Thursday’s paper.

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