Sokha opposes CNRP conference

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Former opposition leader Kem Sokha and Sam Rainsy, 2013. KT/ Mai Vireak

Former opposition leader Kem Sokha has told his lawyers that he does not support the CNRP World Conference to be held this weekend in the state of Georgia in the United States.

A number of former opposition officials said the conference is intended to reinstate Sam Rainsy as president of the dissolved party, causing controversy among members.

In a joint press release last month, former opposition members overseas said the conference will also define the group’s strategy to restore democracy in Cambodia.

Chan Chen, a lawyer for Mr Sokha, said he met his client on Monday to discuss the conference. Mr Chen noted that Mr Sokha was not aware of the event.

“I went to visit my client and asked him about his stance on the so-called world conference,” he said. “He told me that he had not heard about the plan and that he does not support it.”

The former opposition CNRP was dissolved last year by the Supreme Court after Mr Sokha was arrested on treason charges, for which he is currently on bail awaiting trial.

Full story in Wednesday’s paper

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