Cam­bo­dian faces jail term over ‘doc­tored’ treaty

The China Post - - LIFE GUIDE POST -

A Cam­bo­dian op­po­si­tion sen­a­tor could be jailed for 17 years af­ter a court charged him Sun­day over the post­ing of a dis­puted doc­u­ment on so­cial media about the bor­der with Viet­nam.

Anti-Viet­namese sen­ti­ment is strong in parts of Cam­bo­dia and is of­ten used by the op­po­si­tion as a touch­stone is­sue to rally sup­port.

Sen. Hong Sok Hour was ar­rested Satur­day days af­ter Cam­bo­dian Prime Min­is­ter Hun Sen ac­cused him of com­mit­ting trea­son by post­ing a “doc­tored” ver­sion of an old treaty about the bor­der on his Face­book page.

The le­gal move fol­lows an uptick in the cam­paign by the king­dom’s main op­po­si­tion Cam­bo­dia Na­tional Res­cue Party (CNRP) to com­bat al­leged en­croach­ment by Viet­nam.

Hong Sok Hour be­longs to a CNRP-af­fli­ated party ac­tive in the Cam­bo­dian Se­nate.

In a rare Sun­day sit­ting a Ph­nom Penh court charged the sen­a­tor with “fal­si­fy­ing public doc­u­ments, us­ing fake public doc­u­ments, in­cite­ment caus­ing un­rest,” ac­cord­ing to a let­ter from the pros­e­cu­tion seen by AFP.

“He faces up to 10 years in jail for the first charge, up to five for the sec­ond and up to two for the third,” de­fense lawyer Sam So- kong told AFP.

The neigh­bors have shared a testy re­la­tion­ship since Viet­nam’s troops in­vaded to oust Cam­bo­dia’s geno­ci­dal Kh­mer Rouge regime in 1979 be­fore with­draw­ing a decade later.

Strong­man Prime Min­is­ter Hun Sen, who has ruled Cam­bo­dia for three decades, is highly sen­si­tive to crit­i­cism that he is too soft on Viet­nam over the dis­puted ar­eas of the shared bor­der.

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