Cambodia PM Hun Sen Vows to Keep Opposition Chief Kem Sokha Jailed, Despite Recent Leniency

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday vowed to keep opposition chief Kem Sokha behind bars despite a recent spate of clemency for members of his now-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) and others held on politically motivated charges and convictions.

Speaking to a crowd of more than 10,000 factory workers in the capital Phnom Penh, Hun Sen said the charges of treason facing Kem Sokha are extremely serious, and that he would not stop until the opposition leader was punished for his crimes.

“This is a treason case, so in my capacity as the head of the government I will absolutely keep pressing the lawsuit [against him],” Hun Sen said.

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