Date for CNRP leader’s trial set for next month

According to News from Phnom Penh  from Vietnam News, the trial of acting President of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) Kem Sokha, who was charged after twice refusing to appear in court as a witness in a case involving his alleged mistress, will start on September 9.

Acting President of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party Kem Sokha (R) (Photo: EPA/VNA)

Meng Sopheary, Sokha’s a lawyer, said she received a copy of a letter signed by deputy prosecutor Sieng Sok on August 26 confirming the date for the trial over “refusal to appear,” which carries a prison sentence of one to six months.

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court issued summonses to Sokha on May 17 and 25 after audio clips of a telephone conversation between him and 25-year-old hairdresser Khom Chandaraty, his alleged mistress, came to light.

Khom Chandaraty accused Kem Sokha of breaking his promise to give her 3,000 USD to buy a house and open a shop, and asked for a compensation of 300,000 USD.-

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