Cambodian opposition politician goes on trial for 'criticising Hun Sen policy on Facebook'

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A Cambodian opposition senator was denied bail and went on trial Friday over comments he posted on Facebook criticising a 36-year-old border agreement with Vietnam. 

Hong Sok Hour faces up to 17 years in prison. His arrest on Aug. 15 was one of a series of recent actions taken against political opponents of Prime Minister Hun Sen, the Associated Press said.

Appearing in court in an orange prison uniform, a far cry from the tailored Western suit he was wearing when he was arrested, the senator from the Cambodia National Rescue Party said he has high blood pressure and other medical conditions that require medication he was not getting in prison.