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CPP official called up as witness in Kem Sokha case

Former opposition leader Kem Sokha’s defence lawyers walk out of the Appeal Court in September 2017.
Former opposition leader Kem Sokha’s defence lawyers walk out of the Appeal Court in September 2017. Heng Chivoan

CPP official called up as witness in Kem Sokha case

Cambodian People’s Party spokesman Chhim Phal Virun has been called as a witness in the controversial “treason” case against jailed opposition leader Kem Sokha.

Sokha, the leader of the now-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party, was arrested in September and taken to prison. The arrest was largely tied to a 2013 video in which he talked about receiving US advice.

Phal Virun was Sokha’s deputy at the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, but left the organisation – which Prime Minister Hun Sen recently threatened to close – in 2006 and accused Sokha of corruption and embezzling funds.

“I will appear to fulfil the law, under my obligation as a Cambodian citizen that respects the law,” Phal Virun said yesterday.

“I will speak only the truth and what I know, and [if questioned about] what I do not know, I will answer that I do not know.”

According to a document signed by Municipal Court Investigating Judge Ky Rithy, Phal Virun will appear as a witness on February 6 for “clarification” related to allegations of Sokha’s “collusion with foreigners”.

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