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March 17, 2022, 07.46 PM - A Cambodian court on Thursday, March 17 convicted exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy and 20 other opposition figures and activists of treason and other charges.

The court in Phnom Penh sentenced Rainsy and seven exiled leaders to 10 years in prison.
Rainsy is a co-founder of the disbanded Cambodia National Rescue Party and a critic of Prime Minister Hun Sen. He has been in exile since 2016.

The charges are linked to Rainsy’s 2019 planned return to Cambodia which was blocked by the government.

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Human Rights Watch criticized the court’s ruling Thursday, saying the trial was unfair and “no credible evidence was brought against the defendants.”

“The trial appears to have been aimed at sidelining political opponents of Prime Minister Hun Sen and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party,” the group said in a statement.

Source: VOA, Associated Press, Agence France-Presse, and Reuters

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