The Appeal Court on Tuesday denied bail for the second time to former CNRP leader Kem Sokha who remains jailed on treason charge for allegedly conspiring with the US to topple the government.
After holding the closed-door hearing for an hour while Mr Sokha was absent, presiding judge Sous Sam Ath denied bail to Mr Sokha on the ground that the case is still investigated and he could cause trouble.
“The Court of Appeal upholds the verdict of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court and cannot allow him on bail because the court implements it according to the law,” said court spokesman Touch Tharith.
Meng Sopheary, one of Mr Sokha’s four defence lawyers who attended the hearing, decried the verdict.
“I think it is very unjust for him because he guarantees everything and he fulfills all requirements according to all the court’s procedures,” Ms Sopheary said.
Mr Sokha was arrested on treason charge 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 its 118 senior members were barred from politics for five years.