Court extends detention of Cambodian opposition leader

A court in Cambodia on Thursday extended by six months the pre-trial detention of Kem Sokha, the leader of the now-dissolved main opposition party who already has been held for a year on a treason charge.

One of Kem Sokha’s lawyers, Chan Chen, said the court ruled in a closed-door hearing that his continued detention was necessary for national security and further investigation. The hearing was held at Trapeang Phlong prison in the eastern province of Tboung Khmum, where Kem Sokha is being held.

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