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Kem Sokha denied bail

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The Supreme Court today denied bail to former CNRP leader Kem Sokha, leaving him jailed on treason charges for allegedly conspiring with the US to topple the government.

After more than an hour hearing while Mr Sokha was absent, five judges spent another one hour to discuss before they announced that they denied bail to Mr Sokha on the grounds that he could cause chaos in the society if released.

Presiding judge Kong Srim said the Supreme Court believed that the Appeal Court’s verdict was correct based on the laws.

“The Supreme Court denies the appeal by Kem Sokha’s lawyers,” Judge Srim said “The Supreme court upholds the Appeal Court’s verdict on June 5, 2018.”

In June, the Appeal Court denied bail to Mr Sokha for the second time.

Mr Sokha was arrested on treason charges 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.

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

On March 9, the Supreme Court rejected Mr Sokha’s request for bail after the Court of Appeal in February upheld an earlier Phnom Penh Municipal Court decision; the bail request was then returned to the municipal court for a second round.

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