Phnom Penh (FN), Mar. 1 – Phnom Penh Municipal Court, on Monday, announced to sentence former CNRP leader Sam Rainsy to 25 years in prison, and deprive him the right to vote and stand as candidate in the elections, senior court official told Fresh News earlier today.

The court also sentenced Rainsy’s entourages Mu Sochua and Eng Chhay Eang were sentenced to 22 years in prison. Besides, Rainsy’s spouse Tioulong Saumura and other former CNRP senior officials Men Sothavarin, Ou Chanrith, Ho Vann, Long Ry and Nuth Romduol were sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Sam Rainsy and entourages were charged with "assault" under Article 27 and 451 of the Penal Code in connection with an attempted coup to overthrow the legitimate government under a plot to return to Cambodia during the 9 November 2019 events.

In addition to criminal punishment, the court decided to completely deprive them of the “right to vote and the right to stand for elections."