Cambodia’s Hun Sen Denies Plan to Free Opposition Leader Kem Sokha

Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen denied on Wednesday he has plans to free opposition leader Kem Sokha, rejecting comments made on Facebook by former opposition chief Sam Rainsy, who said the move will be made in December.

“No, I won’t release him,” Hun Sen said, addressing a gathering of hundreds of workers in southwestern Cambodia’s Takeo province and adding that the former opposition leader, now living in exile in France, believes Kem Sokha will be freed in response to international pressure.

Because Kem Sokha has not yet been convicted of a crime, the prime minister has no power to apply to Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihamoni for a pardon that would free him, Hun Sen said.

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