Cambodia's deposed co-prime minister, Prince Norodom Ranariddh, was convicted on a weapons-smuggling charge in a trial viewed as legal farce but a political necessity. Prince Ranariddh, driven into exile in a coup in July by his rival co-premier, Hun Sen, was convicted in absentia and sentenced to five years' jail. No other outcome was expected from the Hun Sen-controlled court. The accusations, yesterday's trial and another scheduled for 17 March have been viewed as politically motivated.
- AP, Phnom Penh