Critic of Cambodian leader jailed for defamation

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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