A Cambodian appeals court Thursday overturned the widely criticised conviction of a prominent government critic who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for an alleged secessionist plot, closing a case that one rights group called a "politically motivated farce."
Phnom Penh Appeals Court Judge Khun Leang Meng ruled there was no evidence to support a lower court's findings that radio station owner Mam Sonando had links to a rebellion movement in eastern Cambodia, the basis of his conviction.
Hundreds of people gathered outside the courthouse cheered the decision. The 71-year-old broadcaster was expected to be freed from prison later this week.
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