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Cambodia sentences 13 men to prison terms of 5-9 years for plotting to overthrow government

A Cambodian court has sentenced 13 men to prison terms ranging from five to nine years for plotting to overthrow Prime Minister Hun Sen's government.

The men were members of a self-styled Khmer National Liberation Front calling for Hun Sen's removal, primarily through Internet postings. The government accused them of plotting an armed insurrection.

Six of the defendants were convicted in absentia on Friday. The seven in court were arrested in March 2013.

Judge Sen Neang said the group's organizational documents presented at their one-day trial in February were proof of their guilt.

The defendants denied their guilt. Human Rights Watch said no credible evidence against them was submitted, and that the case appeared to be an attempt to discredit the political opposition ahead of last July's general election.