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Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha freed from house arrest

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By Reuters
Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha freed from house arrest
FILE PHOTO - Kem Sokha, leader of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), attends a meeting with party members in Kandal province, Cambodia March 14, 2017. REUTERS/Samrang Pring   -   Copyright  Pring Samrang(Reuters)

PHNOMPENH (Reuters) – Cambodia has freed opposition leader Kem Sokha from house arrest more than two years after he was arrested and charged with treason, but he remains banned from politics and from leaving the country, a court said on Sunday.

The easing of restrictions on Kem Sokha comes a day after Sam Rainsy, a co-founder of their now banned Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP), flew into Malaysia from self-imposed exile in Paris, aiming to return to Cambodia.

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court said in a statement Kem Sokha could leave his house, but that he could not engage in political activity or leave the country.

“Under the new requirements, he can travel anywhere but can’t leave Cambodia … This is because he has been cooperative with the authorities,” Justice Ministry spokesman Chin Malin told Reuters.

(Reporting by Prak Chan Thul; Writing by Matthew Tostevin; Editing by Robert Birsel)