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Cambodia convicts 13 on treason charges denounced by rights campaigners

Published on Apr 11, 2014 3:56 PM

PHNOM PENH (AFP) - A Cambodian court sentenced 13 people to up to nine years in prison Friday on treason charges denounced by rights campaigners as a "concocted" smear campaign against the opposition.

The accused, including a refugee in Denmark, were convicted for plotting to overthrow the government through their Khmer National Liberation Front (KNLF) - a previously unknown group.

Only seven of the defendants - three of whom were Buddhist monks at the time of their arrest in neighbouring Thailand last year - attended the Phnom Penh Municipal Court for the verdict.

The other six were sentenced in absentia, including KNLF chairman Sam Serey, who lives in Denmark.

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