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Court upholds KPP leader sentence

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
Khmer Power Party president Sourn Serey Ratha has vowed to appeal his conviction again. Supplied

The Appeal Court yesterday upheld the conviction of former Khmer Power Party president Sourn Serey Ratha, who was found guilty of inciting soldiers to civil disobedience and sentenced to five years in jail in August.

Judge Pol Sam Oeun said Phnom Penh Municipal Court’s original ruling in the case was right and made in accordance with the law, advising the suspect to challenge the decision with the Supreme Court within one month if he did not accept it.

Mr Serey Ratha said he would appeal again because the decision on his case was unjust.

His conviction in August came after he posted messages on social media urging Cambodian soldiers to resist orders from their leaders or die on the battlefield.

Prime Minister Hun Sen said at the time that Mr Serey Ratha’s words were an insult to the army and unacceptable.

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