POLITICAL OUTLOOK: Trial Raises Concern Over Judicial Independence

October 2005
Asia Monitor: South East Asia Monitor Volume 1;Oct2005, Vol. 16 Issue 10, p6
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The article reports that Cambodian politician Cheam Channy of the opposition Sam Rainsy party has been sentenced to seven years in prison for illegally trying to form an armed group. Cheam Channy was arrested on February 3, 2005, after Cambodia's National Assembly voted to revoke his parliamentary immunity, and was tried on charges of forming an illegal armed group and of fraudulently collecting fees from possible recruits. The New York-based Human Rights Watch organization was especially critical of the trial result, calling it a "complete sham."


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