Cambodian opposition figure in legal battle with PM


An outspoken opposition figure in Cambodia is facing possible jailtime after becoming embroiled in a very public spat with the nation’s leader. The two have been locked in a bitter legal battle since the Prime Minister, Hun Sen, referred to Mu Sochua, MP, as “Strong Leg”, a derogatory term usually reserved for street prostitutes. The opposition says the case is yet another example of how the ruling Cambodian Peoples’ Party uses the judiciary to quash dissent. Mu Sochua and various NGOs are questioning whether international aid should be channeled through the government, when repression and corruption remain entrenched in the political landscape.

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