Washington, DC – The recent release of Cambodia’s former opposition leader into house arrest does not go far enough to appease critics of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government, according to US Congressman Alan Lowenthal.
Sokha was released from prison on health grounds this week after more than a year in pre-trial detention on treason charges. He is now placed under house arrest and is still denied access to his former colleagues at the Cambodia National Rescue Party, which was banned in November.
“I am relieved that Kem Sokha has been released. I wish him the very best and hope his health improves quickly. The case against Kem Sokha is yet another example of the abuses of power by the authoritarian regime of Prime Minister Hun Sen to dismantle any and all political opposition prior to the recent national election,” Lowenthal said.
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