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Cambodian court releases opposition leader on bail

IANS  |  Phnom Penh 

Kem Sokha, of the opposition National Rescue Party (CNRP), who was arrested in September 2017 on treason charges, was allowed to leave prison on Monday after a approved his release on

The judge, who rejected Sokha's fifth plea for in August, approved his request this time due to health issues, reports news.

The court added that it has imposed measures to ensure that Sokha does not avoid the judicial process against him.

Sokha, of the now dissolved National Rescue Party (CNRP), was in pre-trial detention at a remote prison in eastern

The opposition was arrested on September 3, 2017, following the release of a video in 2013 in which he appeared to be boasting to supporters of having the necessary advice from US pro-democracy organisations to win the elections.

The arrest came at the request of Hun Sen, who has been in power since 1985. He accused Sokha of conspiring with foreigners to overthrow the government, a charge that carries a penalty of between 15 and 30 years in prison.

Without the participation of the CNRP, which obtained almost half of the votes in the 2013 elections, the ruling won the July elections, sweeping all 125 seats in the

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First Published: Mon, September 10 2018. 10:00 IST
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