FILE PHOTO - Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy delivers a speech to members of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) at a hotel in metro Manila, Philippines June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco/File Photo
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Self-exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy was sentenced to 20 months in prison by a Cambodian court Thursday for accusing the government of assassinating a prominent critic.The verdict is the latest legal case to hamper an opposition movement struggling to break Prime Minister Hun Sen's 32-year grip on power. The defamation charge centered around the brazen daylight murder of political commentator Kem Ley in July, whose killing sent shudders through Cambodia's hard-pressed rights community.The exiled politician, who resides in France, faces a string of convictions and charges he claims are politically motivated and stepped down as leader of his Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) last month.
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