Five former Khmer Rouge fighters told a Cambodian court Friday they were innocent of the 1996 kidnapping and killing of a British mine clearer and his translator. They could face life in prison if convicted.
The long-ruling Cambodian People's Party claimed victory as expected in Sunday's elections, with around two-thirds of the 123 seat parliament. The country's economy is booming even as tensions with Thailand rise.
The polls have opened in Cambodia, with the Cambodian People's Party, which has been in power for 29 consecutive years, expected to broaden its majority against a backdrop of a booming economy and heightened nationalism.
Cambodia and Thailand are on the brink of war after a dispute over the Preah Vihear religious monument escalated earlier this month. FRANCE 24 reporters travelled to the temple at the centre of the dispute.
Cambodia and Thailand have deployed more soldiers along the border close to the ruins of the centuries old Preah Vihear temple, an area claimed by both countries. Top officials of both countries are due to meet on Monday to resolve the stand-off.