Court Upholds detention extension for Kem Sokha

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The former opposition CNRP president Kem Sokha went to vote previous time during the commune election. Pic Mai Vireak

The Court of Appeal on Tuesday upholds the Phnom Penh Municipal Court’s decision that extended the detention of former opposition CNRP president Kem Sokha jailed on treason charges for allegedly conspiring with a foreign power to topple the government.

Touch Tharith, spokesman of the Appeal Court, said the decision to extend the detention of Mr Sokha to another six months was upheld because the decision made by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court was correct.

“The reason is because the Phnom Penh Municipal Court’s decision is correct and it is not over yet,” Mr Tharith said.

A Phnom Penh Municipal Court investigating judge on March 5 extended the pre-trial detention of Mr Sokha to another six month.

Mr Sokha was charged with treason last year over comments he 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 then dissolved by the Supreme Court in November and 118 senior party members were barred from politics for five years.

Article 208 of the Procedure of the Criminal Code states that for an adult involved in a felony, provisional detention may not exceed six months; however, when this period ends, the investigating judge may extend the detention for another six months with a proper and express statement of reasons.

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