Kong Korm, a former CNRP top adviser, today appeared at Phnom Penh Municipal Court to be questioned as a witness in the treason case against former opposition leader Kem Sokha.
Speaking to reporters, Mr Korm said Judge Ky Rithy asked him to describe his political life and the cause of the merger between the Sam Rainsy Party and Human Rights Party into the Cambodian National Rescue Party.
“I told the judge that I only knew the fact that Mr Sam Rainsy and Mr Kem Sokha desired to form the CNRP in order to gain support and compete in the election against the ruling CPP,” he said.
Mr Korm said he told the judge that he was just an advisor to the party, unlike Mr Rainsy, who knew all inner strategies when he was the party president.
“I said I had no idea about the relations Sokha had with foreigners,” he added. “I was surprised to see the video that the judge showed me…The dealings between Sokha and any foreigners, I had no clue.”
Mr Sokha’s charge stems from a 2013 video in which he is shown saying that the US assisted in planning his political career.
Following his arrest in September 2017, the Supreme Court dissolved the CNRP and banned 118 of its senior members from politics for five years.
Mr Korm and his son Kong Bora last week had their bans lifted after they made a request to the Interior Ministry, following the amendment of the Law on Political Parties.
Full story in Thursday’s paper