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Former Cambodian Opposition Leader Granted Bail

Former Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha, who faces controversial treason charges, has been released on bail due to poor health and following an international outcry, but will remain under house arrest. Kem Sokha is the highest-profile of almost two dozen activists, journalists and academics jailed in the lead-up to the July election, most of whom have either been released on bail or pardoned in recent weeks after the ruling party won every seat in the National Assembly. Outside of his residence in Phnom Penh Monday, Kem Sokha’s lawyer Meng Sopheary said the former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) leader’s release came with court imposed obligations - which will severely restrict his movement and who he can meet with. “He can not come out to meet you, but he would like to thank all of you for coming here to support him,” she told reporters. Late last month, Kem Sokha’s bail appeal was rejected by the Supreme Court shortly before the Phnom Penh municipal court decided to extend his pretrial detention to 18 months during a closed hearing in jail. The same judge that passed down that extension though had a change of heart on Monday, ruling that Kem Sokha’s high blood pressure and rheumatoid arthritis did indeed necessitate medical attention. Judge Ky Rithy’s judicial review though forbids Kem Sokha from meeting "former CNRP leaders and individuals who may be involved in the case,” and “foreigners, especially foreigners who may be involved in the case.” It also appears to confine him to his house and a permitter of triangulated connecting roads stretching across several blocks from the immediate vicinity of his home. Sophal Ear, an associate professor of diplomacy and world affairs at Occidental College in Los Angeles, noted in an email that Kem Sokha’s release came after authorities had made... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Former Cambodian Opposition Leader Granted Bail, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Former Cambodian Opposition Leader Granted Bail

 

 

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Published By: VOA NEWS - Monday, 10 September, 2018

 

 

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