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Kem Sokha freed from his Phnom Penh home

Ben Sokhean / Khmer Times Share:
Former opposition leader Kem Sokha. KT/ Chor Sokunthea

Phnom Penh Municipal Court today freed former opposition leader Kem Sokha from his Phnom Penh home and is allowed to travel across the country but he cannot leave the Kingdom.


Mr Sokha was arrested in September 2017 after the authorities accused him of colluding with the United States to topple the government through a colour revolution.
He was released on bail in September last year, but enjoyed limited freedom after the court restricted his movement to a four-block radius around his Phnom Penh home and banned him from meeting any ex-CNRP officials.

The municipal court issued a statement today, saying that upon the request on Thursday by Mr Sokha’s lawyers, the investigating judge decided to ease Mr Sokha’s bail restrictions.

“During his release on bail, the accused has fully complied with his obligation under the court supervision and also has a good cooperation with the process of the court” the statement said.

However, it said that Mr Sokha remains under court supervision, banned from leaving the Kingdom, refrain from conducting political activities and respond if summoned by all authorities.

Phan Chansak, one of Mr Sokha’s lawyers, said that now his client can walk free in the country.

“Based on the court’s announcement, he is free now but he cannot leave the country and cannot do any political activities,” Mr Chansak. “He can go to a pagoda or other places in the Kingdom.”

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