Cambodia to Open Treason Trial of Opposition Leader Kem Sokha

16 Janvier, 2020, 10:36 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Cambodian protester Tuy Sros lies dead in a Jan. 8 2020

The first day of Kem Sokha's trial hearing ended Wednesday evening, with the former opposition leader facing questions about his early political career, the founding of a human rights group and its funding by worldwide donors, especially USAID.

Kem Sokha's daughter Monovithya Kem called the trial against her father a "farce" as rights groups urged the case to be dismissed.

"He said he set up CCHR and got funding from USAID", she said. Ky Tech did not specify whether the court plans to summon representatives of those countries to appear at the trial.

"And this is not just the trial of Kem Sokha".

The case against Sokha, as well as the dissolving of the CNRP, was widely criticized in and outside Cambodia.

These monikers, the government lawyers said, would apply to countries linked to the case, such as the U.S., Canada, the EU, Indonesia, India, Yugoslavia, Serbia, Australia, and Taiwan. He was arrested in 2017, and the government dissolved his party. He maintains his innocence and his lawyers have said that prosecutors lack evidence to convict. About two months after his arrest, the Supreme Court of Cambodia dissolved the CNRP and banned 118 of the party's official from political activities.

He was freed from house arrest in November but a ban on him engaging in political activity was kept in place.

Following Wednesday's proceedings, Kem Sokha posted a message to his Facebook account in which he said he "categorically den [ies] the charge of "conspiracy with foreign powers" which was brought against me".

"I did NOT bring in any foreign state or foreign agents to conduct hostilities or an invasion against the Kingdom of Cambodia".

Clemson leading receiver Tee Higgins makes National Football League draft decision
The junior said after Monday's national championship game that he was torn on his choice, but he has chose to move on. He is considered a consensus first-rounder and is expected to be taken late on the first night of the draft.

4 cylindres au lieu de 6 — Toyota GR Supra
Grosse nouvelle en ce début de semaine: la Toyota Supra passe au quatre cylindres, avec le moteur 2.0 de 258 ch de BMW. Cette édition sera produite pour le lancement du 2,0 litres et limitée à 200 exemplaires seulement pour l'Europe.

WWE rocked by death of legendary Rocky Johnson
The statement detailed Rocky's career, which began in the mid-1960s, leading him to the WWE in 1983 before his 1991 retirement. In March 2018, The Rock explained that he'd bought his father a bigger vehicle , a Cadillac, following a hip surgery.

Rights groups have decried the case. "At other courts people can watch the developments on a big screen". "I want justice to come swiftly".

After the morning session focused on a video clip that, according to the government, supports the treason charge, the presiding judges considered a proposal from government lawyers to use Khmer letters as monikers to refer to foreign governments, organizations, and individuals during the trial, to ensure that Cambodia does not damage its foreign and diplomatic relations.

Kem Sokha addresses the media outside his home in Phnom Penh in November 2019.

"All democrats must condemn Hun Sen to show that the charges against Kem Sokha are groundless", he wrote from self-imposed exile in Paris, France, where he has lived in 2015 to avoid a string of charges and convictions he says are politically motivated. It's the trial of the CNRP.

"There is only one solution: The court must drop charges against Kem Sokha". In the speech, he talked about receiving support from the USA to create change in the country from a grassroots level. It has been monitoring the human rights situation here for a year, and is demanding that charges against Kem Sokha be dropped.

"Kem Sokha will be the victim of a staged trial on completely bogus treason charges", Mr Robertson said.
Sokha spent a year in prison and another under house arrest.

"This lack of independence of the Cambodian judiciary and last minute restrictions placed by the court on trial monitors should raise serious concerns regarding Kem Sokha's right to a fair trial", he said.

The case against him has drawn condemnation from rights groups and the worldwide community, who have accused Hun Sen, the South East Asian nation's longtime leader, of trying to silence political rivals.

Villarin said that Cambodia's courts routinely demonstrate that they act according to Hun Sen's interests, rather than based on the facts and evidence presented to them. Written in English by Joshua Lipes.



Gloucester star Louis Rees-Zammit given first Wales call-up
Wales open their Six Nations campaign against Italy in Cardiff before travelling to Dublin the following weekend. It is something I grew up watching from afar and it has such history attached to it.

Wendy Williams Under Fire For Mocking Joaquin Phoenix’s Cleft Palate
In the segment, Williams jokingly teases Phoenix about his condition stating, "When he shaves off his mustache he's got a hairline fracture", she said.

Federer, Nadal kick in $170000 for Australian bushfire relief
The ATP on Sunday pledged $500,000 to the WWF Australian Wildlife and Nature Recovery Fund as part of the bushfire relief efforts. The 20-time grand-slam victor took on Kyrgios as the centrepiece of Wednesday night's event and prevailed 7-6 (8-6).

Bellaire High School Student Shot, Gunman at Large
A 16-year-old student was shot to death Tuesday at a Texas high school, and a suspect was arrested hours later, officials said. There were conflicting media reports about whether the shooting occurred inside or outside of the school building.

Philadelphia Flyers vs. St. Louis Blues, 1/15/20 NHL Prediction & Odds
No matter what happened, to a man on both sides, the teams kept plowing forward which made for a very dramatic and tense game. Steen tied it with 6:21 left on a backhand after Robert Thomas' pass found him all alone in front of the Flyers' net.

Sandrine, de "4 Mariages pour 1 Lune de Miel", est atteinte d'un cancer incurable: "J'ai perdu la vue mais je me bats!"
Après leur mariage dans " 4 mariages pour 1 lune de miel " sur TF1 , les tourtereaux sont revenus à une réalité très difficile. L'épouse de David affirme qu'elle entend continuer le combat même si les médecins n'y croient plus.

Women of Color Snubbed Again During Oscars Nomination
Jennifer Lopez's love don't cost a thing-but there's one thing that has her love for life. Lopez , who was also a producer on " Hustlers ", has not yet responded on social media.

National Football League considering amending Rooney Rule
One idea Rooney discussed was expanding the policy to include coordinator positions and other levels of coaching. As it appears right now, there just weren't very many minorities in the process at all this year.

Ex-Louisville coach Bobby Petrino to Missouri State
He also spent part of one season coaching the NFL's Atlanta Falcons , where he coached 13 games in 2007 before abruptly resigning. However, after a 3-10 start, Petrino resigned in the middle of the season and returned to college football in 2008 at Arkansas.

Smoke from Australia’s fires will make ‘full circuit’ around the world
Daniel Wright said: "The devastation to wildlife has been unimaginable ... most heartbreaking is the koala bears #SaveTheKoala". NASA is tracking smoke spreading around the globe, which Parmitano could easily see from space.