Kem Sokha, former President of the now-dissolved  opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) (Photo VNA)

Phnom Penh (VNA) –
Cambodia’s Court of Appeals on February 1 decided to continue detaining Kem Sokha, former President of the now-dissolved  opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP).

Kem Sokha was transferred from Trapeng Phlong prison in Tbong Khmum province to the closed-door bail hearing in Phnom Penh for the first time since he was arrested in September 2017 on charges of “colluding with foreigners” to overthrow the government under Article 443 of Cambodia’s penal code.

In November 2017, the Supreme Court of Cambodia ordered to dissolve the CNRP after the Ministry of Interior affirmed the party’s plot of treason.

The court also banned 118 senior officials of the CNRP from any political activity in the country within five years.

The former opposition leader could face 15-30 years in prison.-VNA