Acting President of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party Kem Sokha (R) (Photo: EPA/VNA)

Phnom Penh (VNA) - The trial of acting President of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) Kem Sokha, who was charged after twice refusing to appear in court as a witness in a case involving his alleged mistress, will start on September 9.

Meng Sopheary, Sokha’s a lawyer, said she received a copy of a letter signed by deputy prosecutor Sieng Sok on August 26 confirming the date for the trial over “refusal to appear,” which carries a prison sentence of one to six months.

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court issued summonses to Sokha on May 17 and 25 after audio clips of a telephone conversation between him and 25-year-old hairdresser Khom Chandaraty, his alleged mistress, came to light.

Khom Chandaraty accused Kem Sokha of breaking his promise to give her 3,000 USD to buy a house and open a shop, and asked for a compensation of 300,000 USD.-VNA