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Union calls for Kem Sokha’s release

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A former opposition leader Kem Sokha who was arrested and jailed for treason charge. Supplied

The Cambodian Confederation of Unions today called on the government to release former CNRP leader Kem Sokha, who remains jailed on treason charges for allegedly conspiring with the US to topple the government though a colour revolution.

Rong Chhun, president of CCU, said that after Mr Sokha was arrested, the international community requested the government restore human rights and democracy to ensure that the national election on July 29 is free and fair.

“We see that the government is quick to say that Mr Kem Sokha committed treason, but there is no evidence against him,” said Mr Chhun, who resigned from the National Election Committee following the dissolution of the CNRP in the wake of Mr Sokha’s arrest.

Mr Sokha was arrested on September 3 last year after video footage from Australia-based CBN news was posted on Faccebook, showing the former opposition leader saying the US government had been helping him to push for regime change in Cambodian since 1993.

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

Full story on Thursday’s paper

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