Critic of Cambodian leader jailed for defamation
- 10 Aug 2017 at 17:01
- WRITER: REUTERS
Kim Sok (centre), a prominent critic of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, is seen outside a court before being detained in Phnom Penh, Cambodia Feb 17, 2017 (Reuters photo)
PHNOM PENH -- Cambodia jailed a political analyst for 1-1/2 years on Thursday, 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 intimidating its activists and 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 he gave in February, in which he accused Hun Sen's Cambodian People's Party (CPP) of being behind the July 2016 murder of government critic Kem Ley.
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