This file photo taken on June 4, 2017 shows Kem Sokha (C), leader of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), showing his ink-covered finger after voting at a polling station in Phnom Penh. / AFP / STR
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A Cambodian court on Tuesday charged opposition leader Kem Sokha with treason and espionage over an alleged conspiracy with unnamed foreigners, as strongman premier Hun Sen takes his assault against his political enemies into new ground.The case comes as opponents of Cambodia's strongman premier, as well as NGOs and the critical press, have increasingly been smothered by court cases and threats ahead of a crunch general election next year.In February the CNRP's then leader Sam Rainsy stepped down after a fresh welter of legal cases against him threatened the party with a ban from politics.He already lives in self-exile to avoid convictions in Cambodia, which he says are politically motivated.
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