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Gonzalez-Davidson charges confirmed

Koh Kong Provincial Court yesterday confirmed that deported environmental activist Alex Gonzalez-Davidson has been officially charged as an accomplice to three jailed anti-dredging activists from his NGO Mother Nature.

On Friday the Post reported that Tha Sophea, wife of one of the three activists, had learned of the charges from her imprisoned husband, Sem Samnang.

Yesterday court director Huon Many said it was fact. “The jailed activists confessed that [Alex] supported them with money. It means he is an accomplice. He offered money and the way to commit [the crime], so this is the accomplice charge,” Many said.

He added that while the court has “no idea” how to issue a warrant for Gonzalez as they do not know his location, they will try him in absentia.

“The accomplice is to be sentenced the same as the perpetrator,” Many said before referring other questions to investigating judge Chhun Davy, who could not be reached.



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The Cambodian courts perceived by many Cambodian peoples as the most corrupted institution in the Cambodian government has created many resentment by the people against the government. When the courts persecute many activists for minor, non criminal offense, the court create a sense of injustice among the activists and their followers, in turn, they will turn against the government and the CPP. If CPP hope to win the next election cycle, it must stop the perception by the people that CPP used the court for injustices and oppression instead of protection of the common people and society.

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