EFEBangkok Desk

The treason trial of Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha resumed on Wednesday after a two-year delay due to Covid-19 pandemic restrictions.

Kem Sokha appeared in Phnom Penh Municipal Court for the first time since March 2020.

The 68-year-old Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) co-founder was arrested in 2017 and is accused of conspiring with the United States to overthrow Prime Minister Hun Sen's government.

If convicted of the charges that are widely considered politically motivated, he faces up to 30 years in jail.

The politician spoke briefly outside his house to journalists, who reported that he hoped the court will drop the charges.

His daughter Monovithya Kem also reiterated in a tweet that the charges should be quashed.

"It's overdue, we need to move forward," she wrote.