Outside the court in Phnom Penh
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Exiled Cambodian opposition leader given jail term

Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy has been sentenced to 10 years in jail after being found guilty of altering public documents and disinformation.

The government accused Mr Rainsy of manipulating a map to show that Vietnam had encroached on Cambodia's territory.

His party has accused the Cambodian government of ceding territory to its larger and more powerful neighbour.

Mr Rainsy was sentenced in his absence as he has been living in self-imposed exile in France for the past year

Guy Delauney reports from Phenom Penh.

  • 23 Sep 2010
  • From the section World