Cam­bo­dia critic jailed

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

PHNOM PENH: Cam­bo­dia jailed a po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst for one-and-a-half years yes­ter­day, for ac­cus­ing Prime Min­is­ter Hun Sen’s rul­ing party of or­ches­trat­ing the 2016 mur­der of a prom­i­nent gov­ern­ment critic.

The sen­tence is the lat­est blow to Cam­bo­dia’s op­po­si­tion, which has ac­cused the gov­ern­ment of us­ing the ju­di­ciary to si­lence crit­ics ahead of a gen­eral elec­tion next year.

Kim Sok, 36, was found guilty of defama­tion and in­cite­ment over a Ra­dio Free Asia in­ter­view in which he ac­cused the Cam­bo­dian Peo­ple’s Party of be­ing be­hind the mur­der of Kem Ley.

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