Kem Sokha to Press Ahead with Appeal

Kem Sokha, former leader of the now-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), greets people as he leaves the Phnom Penh Municipal Court after attending his treason trial in Phnom Penh on October 19, 2022. Photo by TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP

PHNOM PENH – Kem Sokha is to lodge an appeal on March 30 against his conviction and 27-year sentence on treason charges.

Meng Sopheary, one of Kem Sokha's co-lawyers, will submit the appeal to the Court of Appeal after meeting the former opposition leader at his home on March 28.

"We appeal against the whole verdict," Sopheary said.

Since the Phnom Penh Municipal Court announced its verdict, she has only met Kem Sokha once. She was unaware of his daily activities but said his habit was reading books and engaging in regular exercise.

His health was normal but he had a painful swollen shoulder from a previous injury.

On March 3, the court sentenced Sokha to 27 years of house arrest for conspiring with foreigners to overthrow the Cambodian government.

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