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Court asked to allow Kem Sokha to travel

Taing Vida / Khmer Times Share:
Former opposition leader Kem Sokha. Photo: Supplied

A lawyer for former opposition leader Kem Sokha, who is currently on bail as his treason case progresses, has called on Phnom Penh Municipal Court to conclude its investigation and grant his client permission to pursue medical treatment overseas.

Mr Sokha was released on bail from Tboung Khmum province’s Trapeang Phlong prison last month. His bail conditions include travel restrictions, confining him to a four-block radius surrounding his home in Phnom Penh’s Tuol Kork district.

Pheng Heng, the lawyer, said the court is likely to wrap up its probe soon due to the current stability of the political environment.

“The judge has no new evidence or summoned new witnesses, and my client was behind bars for more than a year,” Mr Heng said. “This is a political issue and I am optimistic that the investigation will soon conclude.”

Mr Sokha was charged for treason over comments he made in a 2013 video, in which he said the United States had been helping him push for a regime change in Cambodia.

Full story in Thursday’s paper

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