Phnom Penh Municipal Court today begins a trial of former CNRP leader Kem Sokha over treason charges.
Sokha along with his team of lawyers arrived at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court at about 7:30 am this morning. Journalists are not allowed to enter the court compound.
Dozens of riot police and military police officers today are deployed around the Phnom Penh Municipal Court to ensure security and public order, while about 100 supporters of Sokha are standing across the street opposite the court.
One of the supporters, Un Navin, who hails from Battambang province, said that she wants the court to free Sokha.
“We come to push court officials to release Kem Sokha because he is innocent,” Ms Navin said. “He has never betrayed the nation and colluded with foreigners.”
Sokha was apprehended in September 2017 for allegedly colluding with the US to topple the government through a colour revolution. Two months later, the CNRP was dissolved by the Supreme Court.
WATCH: Kem Sokha leaving the Phnom Penh municipal court after end of the morning trial.KT/ Tep Sony
Posted by Khmer Times on Wednesday, 15 January 2020