Ministry of Interior says Jared Genser, known globally for freeing political prisoners, has violated his tourist visa
A United States lawyer representing Theary Seng, a high-profile political activist on trial for treason in Phnom Penh, has been barred from entering Cambodia.
General Khieu Sopheak, spokesperson for the Ministry of Interior, told the government-friendly Fresh News service that human rights lawyer Jared Genser had been permanently banned from entering Cambodia for violating the terms of his tourist visa.
“Apart from violating Cambodian jurisdiction with the purpose to threaten the independence of the Cambodian judiciary, an American person named Jared Matthew Genser violated the immigration law by using a visa for a different purpose,” Khieu Sopheak added.
Khieu Sopheak said that after arriving in Cambodia, Genser had presented himself as an international lawyer, attended the trial and gave a press conference in front of Phnom Penh Municipal Court.
Theary Seng, who also edits the Bible in the Khmer language, was charged with treason in November 2020 amid a government crackdown on supporters of the outlawed Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP).
Her trial was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and resumed in early December with Genser, a classmate of Theary Seng at the University of Michigan Law School, attending.