Phnom Penh (FN), Jan. 15 – Phnom Penh Municipal Court began Kem Sokha treason trial at 8:30 a.m on 15 January 2020, held in room 1.
* First session (morning)
Kem Sokha, president of the court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), conceded that the video clip presented in the treason trail contains his real voice and image, according to Ky Tech, the plaintiff’s lawyer.
However, Kem Sokha rebutted that the video presented in the trial this morning was insufficient.
“Kem Sokha said the video lacks important parts that serve his interests,” according to Ky Tech, adding that, “Kem Sokha gave to the judging council a new USB containing full video clip which Sokha believed would serve his interests.”
* Second session (afternoon)
The second session of Kem Sokha treason trial started at 2:30 and finished at 5 p.m.
During the second session, the judging council has approved the request of Government Lawyer Ky Tech, the plaintiff, to use Khmer alphabets to substitute country names relevant to Kem Sokha’s treason on the grounds of national interests.
Tomorrow, 16 January, there will be two more sessions, one in the morning and another in the afternoon.