Cambodia opposition head held; charged with treason

Sep 05, 2017, 5:14 AM EDT
Kem Sokha, head of Cambodia National Rescue Party.
(Source: Maina Kiai/flickr)

Amid mounting clamp down on the critics of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government, the country’s opposition leader Kem Sokha has been charged with “colluding with foreigners” and could face up to 30 years in jail on conviction.

Kem, head of Cambodia National Rescue Party, was arrested on Sunday based on a 2013 video footage that shows him boasting of U.S. support for electoral planning and victory, writes Reuters.

While the U.S. said that the charges against Kem appear politically motivated, the E.U. called for immediate release of the leader reminding the Cambodian government of parliamentary immunity granted to elected legislators, notes Al Jazeera.