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Kem Sokha in court amid tight security

Khuon Narim / Khmer Times Share:
Police blocked the road and entrance to the Court of Appeals while a hearing on an application for bail in Kem Sokha’s case was being held. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Jailed former opposition party leader Kem Sokha was brought to the Court of Appeals on Thursday morning for a hearing on his application for bail.

He was driven to the court at about 5:00am. It was the first time he has been allowed to leave the high security Trapaing Thlong prison.

Police set up barricades on Sothearos Boulevard and blocked the entrance to the court. Guards at the Court of Appeals said reporters were not allowed to enter the building to cover Mr Sokha’s case.

Mr Sokha was arrested on September 3, 2017, on charges of treason which carry up to a 30-year jail term. His Cambodia National Rescue Party was dissolved by the Supreme Court in November last year and 118 senior party members have been barred from politics for five years.

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