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Sokha’s lawyer denies meeting

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A lawyer for former CNRP leader Kem Sokha, who remains jailed on treason charges, yesterday denied that he met with his client last week, when Mr Sokha allegedly asked his defence team to secure negotiations with the government for his release.


During an interview with Radio Free Asia on Thursday, Mr Sokha’s lawyer Hem Socheat was reported to have said that he met his client in jail the day before, when Mr Sokha asked him to secure negotiations with the ruling CPP for his release from jail on bail.

But Mr Socheat said yesterday that he was misunderstood during the RFA interview.

“After the court questioned Mr Sokha in March, he told us as his lawyers that he wanted the court to release him on bail to get medical treatment overseas and to have the opportunity to negotiate with the ruling party,” he said.

“I think that they misquoted me,” he added. “I did not mention April 4, I mentioned March.”

In February, the Court of Appeal denied bail for Mr Sokha, who has been charged with treason over an alleged attempt to overthrow the government.

The former CNRP president was charged with treason last year over comments made in 2013 video footage from Australia-based CBN news, which showed him saying the US government had been helping him to push for regime change in Cambodia since 1993.

The CNRP was dissolved by the Supreme Court in November and 118 senior members were barred from politics for five years.

CPP spokesman Sok Eysan said yesterday that no negotiations would be taking place.

“The CNRP made serious mistakes, and Mr Kem Sokha and Mr Sam Rainsy have committed treason and cannot be forgiven,” he said.

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