US, Cambodia in War of Words Over Detained Opposition Leader

Cambodia and the United States sparred this weekend over comments appearing on a U.S. embassy Facebook page criticizing the Cambodian government’s continued detention of the leader of a now-banned opposition party.

The unsigned Feb. 15 posting called former Cambodia National Rescue Party leader Kem Sokha an innocent man, detained on “unjust charges,” and noted he has now been held either in jail or under house arrest for nearly 18 months.

“There is no evidence against him, and no trial date has been set. No evidence. No trial. No justice,” the posting read.

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