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Cambodia: Opposition leader sentenced to ten years in prison
27 Sep 2010
BY INDEX ON CENSORSHIP

The leader of the opposition has been sentenced to ten years in prison for comments he made about a border dispute with Vietnam. Sam Rainsy, who is currently living in exile in Paris, was convicted in absentia on 23 September, on charges of spreading disinformation and falsifying maps. He had questioned whether the border had been incorrectly marked by the government in favour of Cambodia, and disseminated a map detailing the accusations. Presiding judge Ke Sakhan said that Rainsy’s acts “seriously affected the honour of the government“. The trial was closed to the public.

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