Cambodia readies treason cases next political dissidents

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Cambodia’s government has targeted around 50 individuals in its concerted legal offensive against its political rivals as of 2017, based on copies of court summonses seen Friday. They were charged with treason to participate in nonviolent anti-government actions over the previous 3 decades.

Among the best known of this team is Theary Seng, a Cambodian-American attorney who has been among the most outspoken critics of Prime Minister Hun Sen and his administration.

Others face the very same fees and have court dates in late November. Several are thought to live outside Cambodia. A court spokesman was unable to validate the entire amount on Friday but Was Sam Ath, that works together with the Cambodian human rights group Licadho, stated there had been a total of 56 defendants on 2 lists of summoned individuals.

Hun Sen has been in power for 35 decades and has frequently been accused of going an authoritarian regime. Many Western countries have imposed sanctions on his government, largely following finishing that Cambodia’s 2018 overall election was neither free nor fair. The harshest step came in the European Union, this season withdrew a few preferential trading statements.

In 2017, Hun Sen upended that the nation’s politics with a broad crackdown on his competitors. Virtually all essential media outlets were made to shut or tone their policy, and the only credible opposition political party, the Cambodia National Rescue Party, has been driven from the high court to disband and its lawmakers were eliminated from Parliament. A lot of men and women think that the court listened to make sure the Hun Sen’s Cambodian People’s Party won the 2018 overall election, that it did by crossing all of the chairs.

Theary Seng, who now resides in Cambodia, stated she isn’t a part of the opposition party, but an “outspoken, powerful, public supporter of its coverage and direction.”

“The charges against them are entirely bogus also,” she added.

She explained the charges against her since”trumped-up with this Hun Sen regime in its own effort to intimidate and silence me. They would be foolish if not for the prison sentence which may, and probably would see me inside Cambodia’s infamous prisons for decades”

“Without a doubt, I’m decided to appear, I’ll APPEAR in person in court Thursday, 26 November 2020.

She stated that a renowned global human rights attorney, Jared Genser — an American who she said was her classmate in law school — has agreed to represent her, but it was doubtful he’d have the ability to attend court sessions, as a result of COVID-19 travel limitations or the chance of being prohibited from entering Cambodia.