Former activists of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party sit in a police truck as they arrive at the Municipal Court in Phnom Penh, Cambodia [Mak Remissa/EPA]

Phnom Penh, Cambodia – A Cambodian court on Thursday commenced the first of two mass trials against members and supporters of the country’s outlawed opposition party for allegedly plotting an attack against the government in 2019.

Sixty people linked to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) were on trial on Thursday and another 77 individuals will face the same charges at a March 4 hearing.

They are all charged with “plotting” and “incitement”, and face a maximum of 12 years in prison if found guilty.

The charges are linked to former CNRP president Sam Rainsy’s

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