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Meach Sovannara makes final bid for bail

A Supreme Court judge will decide next week whether to provisionally free an opposition member charged with insurrection, after he made his final plea for bail in court yesterday.

Cambodia National Rescue Party information head Meach Sovannara said yesterday that he held little hope the Kingdom’s highest court would grant him bail since his prosecution is politically motivated, and will only be resolved by a private deal between the opposition and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party.

“I do not have hope if the parties do not negotiate, because this case involves political pressure,” Sovannara said. “I hope that Prime Minister Hun Sen and Sam Rainsy, the leaders, agree to release all [suspects] involved with the case before Khmer New Year.’’

Sovannara has already been turned down by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court and the Court of Appeal. He was arrested and charged with insurrection after CNRP supporters attacked security guards at a demonstration on July 15.

The former CNRP lawmaker has offered to put up 10 million riel (about $2,500) and forfeit his passport to the courts to assure he would not skip bail. The municipal court denied his bail in December, and the appeals court denied his request the following month.

Supreme Court judge Khim Pon will announce his decision on March 11, he said.

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