Opposition senator Hong Sok Hour is escorted by riot police officers at Phnom Penh Municipal Court, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia Photo: AP
Opposition senator Hong Sok Hour is escorted by riot police officers at Phnom Penh Municipal Court, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia Photo: AP

The Cambodian prime minister accused Hong Sok Hour of committing treason by posting a “doctored” version of an old treaty about the border with Vietnam. The Cambodian opposition senator could be jailed for 17 years after a court charged him on Sunday over the posting of a disputed document on social media about the border with Vietnam.

Anti-Vietnamese sentiment is strong in parts of Cambodia and is often used by the opposition as a touchstone issue to rally support. Senator Hong Sok Hour was arrested on Saturday days after Hun Sen, Cambodian prime minister, accused him of committing treason by posting a “doctored” version of an old treaty about the border on his Facebook page.
The legal move follows an uptick in the campaign by the kingdom’s main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) to combat alleged encroachment by Vietnam.
Hong Sok Hour belongs to a CNRP-affliated party active in the Cambodian Senate.