Denmark-based Sam Serey, president of the Khmer National Liberation Front (KLNF), is, according to Cambodia’s courts, the ringleader of an international organization that planned to topple the government of Prime Minister Hun Sen.
Along with 12 associates, Mr. Serey was sentenced to prison by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on 11 April over the alleged terrorist plot.
Seven of the group’s members, who were present in court, are set to spend the next five to seven years of their lives in jail.
But Mr. Serey, who was among six KNLF members tried in absentia, is living in Denmark, where he claims to have been granted political asylum in 2010.
When he is not drafting screeds against the impunity and alleged corruption within Mr. Hun Sen’s government, Mr. Serey says he volunteers for the International Red Cross in Denmark and is studying the Danish language at VIA University College in Aarhus.
“I think the verdict is very injustice for us because we are working peacefully to find justice, freedom and democracy for Cambodia,” Mr. Serey said on 13 April, speaking by telephone.
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