Cambodia’s Supreme Court docket has denied a bail request for the chief of the now-dissolved essential opposition celebration who has been detained for almost a yr with out trial on a treason cost.
The ruling Wednesday adopted an obvious softening of the federal government’s laborious stance towards critics. 4 land rights activists had been pardoned and launched from jail on Monday, and two journalists who previously labored for U.S.-funded Radio Free Asia, awaiting trial on an espionage cost, had been launched Tuesday on bail.
The opposition Cambodia Nationwide Rescue Occasion was dissolved by the courtroom final yr for alleged complicity in a treason plot. Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Cambodian Individuals’s Occasion, with no credible opposition, gained a clear sweep in final month’s normal election.