Former opposition party leader freed in Cambodia

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A Cambodian government spokesman says Kem Sokha, the leader of the former main opposition party who has been held been for a year on a treason charge, was released on bail Monday.

Kem Sokha was arrested last September on the basis of years-old videos showing him at a seminar where he spoke about receiving advice from U.S. pro-democracy groups.

His opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party denied the treason allegation, calling it politically motivated. Another court last November dissolved the opposition party, saying it was plotting with U.S. assistance to overthrow Hun Sen’s government.

Phay Siphan, a government spokesman, said the Phnom Penh Municipal Court released Kem Sokha of the now-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party as requested by his lawyers.

He declined to provide any additional details.

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