Theary Seng, a pro-democracy activist and prominent Christian, was among those charged. (Photo: AFP)
Cambodian authorities stepped up their prosecution of opposition dissidents over the Christmas and New Year holiday as political exiles wanted for treason and incitement declared they would return home to face the courts.
At least 60 people were brought before the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on charges of incitement between Christmas and New Year, including the prominent Australian-Khmer politician Hong Lim, who was charged in absentia.
Lim, a retired member of the State Parliament of Victoria, was banned from entering Cambodia in 2016 after he criticized Prime Minister Hun Sen in the wake of the murder of Kem Ley, a close friend and prominent broadcaster who was gunned down in broad daylight while drinking coffee at a petrol station.
Lim said he was being kept up to date with briefings from Canberra, adding “this was a vintage political game” being played out by Hun Sen.