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Cambodia begins treason trial of opposition leader Kem Sokha

Case has repercussions for nation's favored trade status with EU

PHNOM PENH -- More than two years since his arrest on treason charges, the trial of Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha began Wednesday in a case that has repercussions for the country's trade privileges with Europe.

Sokha, president of the now-banned Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), was detained in a midnight raid in September 2017. He was later charged with "conspiracy with foreign power," an offense that carries up to 30 years of jail time. After a year in prison he was placed under house arrest in late 2018 -- conditions that were relaxed in November.

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