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Sonando summoned in Sokha case

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Former Beehive Social Democratic Party president Mom Sonando is in France for medical treatment. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Phnom Penh Municipal Court summoned the former president of the Beehive Social Democratic Party to act as a witness in the case of jailed opposition leader Kem Sokha, who stands accused of treason.

Investigative judge Ky Rithy issued the summons and said this was the third warrant issued to Mam Sonando, the former BSDP president.

However, Mr Sonando is currently in France to receive medical care, and said he only heard about the warrant through social media.
The court summoned him to appear on January 11 to testify in the case of Mr Sokha, who is accused of colluding with the United States to topple the government through a colour revolution.

“It is unreasonable to summon me, I do not care about this issue,” Mr Sonando said in a phone interview. “Right now I only care about my health.”

After the 2013 national election, Mr Sonando participated in mass protests calling for a higher minimum wage for garment workers and for Prime Minister Hun Sen to stand down and allow a re-election to take place becasue the
CNRP refused to accept the ballot results as legitimate.

The government has since labelled the protests an attempted colour revolution led by the CNRP.

Even though he participated in the 2013 protests, Mr Sonando said he had nothing to provide to the court.

“I do not have anything to say about Kem Sokha, I have never been involved in politics with him,” he said.

He said he will consider the issue after he has talked to health professionals in France next week.

Mr Sonando resigned as president of the BSDP in August citing the party’s poor performance in the June commune polls.

He created the party in 1997, but dissolved it a year later after it failed to win any seats. He revived the party in 2015.

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