Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Sokha trial delay mutually agreed




Sokha trial delay mutually agreed

Sokha trial delay mutually agreed

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court has agreed to temporarily suspend the court case involving Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) president Kem Sokha, who is accused of conspiring with a foreign power to topple the government, due to the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic.

Presiding Judge Koy Sao on Tuesday decided to delay the trial after requests from lawyers on both sides. Judge Sao said: “I comply with the request to delay the trial until further notice.”

A request letter from government lawyers said: “The current global pandemic and the increasing outbreak of Covid-19 in Cambodia means it is not appropriate to continue the court case at this time. The Royal Government and other countries in the world are standing united to combat the pandemic.

“They have banned the people from gathering in large numbers and have advised keeping a 1.5m distance from one another.

“Therefore, given the layout of the courts, it is not possible to keep to the recommendations of the Ministry of Health.

“So to avoid infections and to not affect the interests of our clients, please understand and forgive us for requesting that the trial be moved to a later date.”

The request letter from Sokha’s lawyers cited similar reasons.

The trial started several weeks ago on January 15, 2020. It was last heard in court on March 12.

In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Sokha thanked the people for contributing $5,000 to combat Covid-19.

The post said: “This morning, I gave the money to the National Committee for Combating Covid-19. I thank everyone for their contributions, showing sympathy and supporting Khmer people in times of emergency even though our brothers and sisters are running into their respective difficulties right now.”

On Tuesday, Sokha also posted on his Facebook page, urging people to commend the police for their efforts during these uncertain times, and for putting their lives on the line to fulfil their duties.

He said: “Please don’t distort the facts, do not fabricate news and don’t hide the truth. Please don’t have your judgement clouded by political tendency and don’t discriminate against each other whatsoever during these difficult times.”

MOST VIEWED

  • PM: West unfair to Cambodia

    Prime Minister Hun Sen released a message celebrating the International Day of Peace on Monday, saying that some major powers and western countries had been systemically cooperating to put political pressure on Cambodia as they did in the 1970s and 1980s. Hun Sen said pressuring

  • First ‘mobile kitchen’ in Cambodia enters service

    A catering company recently rolled out Cambodia’s first “mobile kitchen” – a $50,000 container capable of serving up to 200 people at a time. The kitchen is the brainchild of Seng Hok Heng Catering Services. At 4.4m-high, 6.8m-long and 2.4m-wide (expandable to 6.8m), the kitchen is equipped

  • Kingdom, China rebut basis for US sanctions

    The Council for the Development of Cambodia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Tianjin Union Investment Development Group Co Ltd (Tianjin) have responded to US sanctions on Union Development Group Co Ltd (UDG), a Chinese-owned company currently developing the sprawling $3.8 billion Dara

  • ‘Bad news is an investor’s best friend’ – unlocking investment potential in Cambodia

    It is time to shop. Economic woes provide good pickings for investors if they know where to look The poem If, written by English Nobel laureate poet and novelist Rudyard Kipling for his son circa 1895, is widely perceived as fatherly advice for John who would

  • PM requests Russia’s Covid vaccine

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has requested that Russia provide Cambodia with its Covid-19 vaccine after the former announced it planned on mass vaccinating its population next month. The request came on Thursday through the prime minister’s Facebook page as he met with Anatoly Borovik,

  • Influenza breaks out in eight provinces

    Nearly 600 people have been infected with influenza in eight provinces in the past month, Ministry of Health spokesperson Or Vandine said. The ministry is advising extreme caution. A report released by Vandine on Saturday said the Ministry of Health observed transmissions of influenza between August 15