Cambodian motorists ride past the headquarters of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Friday, May 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)
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A Cambodian court on Friday convicted three military commandos of beating up two opposition lawmakers outside the parliament last year, and sentenced them to one year each in prison.Phnom Penh presiding judge Heng Sokna initially sentenced the three men to four years in jail but suspended the sentence to one year. The attack occurred in October 2015 when the two opposition lawmakers from the Cambodia National Rescue Party were confronted by a pro-government mob, which was demanding the resignation of the party's deputy leader Kem Sonkha.Heng Sokna said the attack on the lawmakers by the three members of an elite military unit hurt the nation's reputation and left the victims injured.The defendants are members of Prime Minister Hun Sen's bodyguard unit, leading critics to suggest the ruling Cambodian People's Party orchestrated the attacks.
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