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Six Cambodian opposition politicians charged with insurrection

Published on Jul 16, 2014 7:21 PM
 
Cambodian security guards clash with demonstrators protesting for Freedom Park to open in Phnom Penh on July 15, 2014. A Cambodian court Wednesday, July 16, 2014, charged six opposition politicians with leading an insurrection during a protest that left scores injured, a lawyer said, a charge that could carry up to 30 years in jail. -- PHOTO: AFP

PHNOM PENH (AFP) - A Cambodian court Wednesday charged six opposition politicians with leading an insurrection during a protest that left scores injured, a lawyer said, a charge that could carry up to 30 years in jail.

Mu Sochua, a prominent voice of the Cambodia National Rescue Party, her assistant and four other MPs-elect were arrested after clashes Tuesday at a demonstration against the closure of Phnom Penh's main designated protest site.

They were charged with leading an insurrection movement, masterminding intentional violence and inciting criminal acts, Mr Ket Khy, a lawyer for Mu Sochua, told reporters.

The insurrection charge alone carries a prison sentence of between 20 and 30 years.

 
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