PHNOM PENH, April 11 (Xinhua) -- The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Friday convicted 13 men of treason conspiracy and sentenced them between five years and nine years in jail, according to a verdict read by presiding judge Seng Neang.
Seven of the convicts were brought from the prison to hear the verdict as six others were sentenced in absentia as they are on the run.
"They are found guilty of treason conspiracy by forming illegal armed forces under the name of the Khmer National Salvation Front with an aim to topple the government," the verdict said, and an arrest warrant was issued for the six convicts who are at large.
According to the verdict, Sam Serei, a mastermind of the movement, was sentenced to nine years in jail in absentia as he has fled overseas.
The group had carried out hostile acts against Cambodia between 2009 and 2011 and were arrested in March last year in Thailand's Pathum Thani province.
The hearing for the group was held on March 28 and the verdict was just handed down on Friday.