Ten alleged members of the Khmer National Liberation Front (KNLF) who have been accused of treason called for justice outside the Supreme Court yesterday after their request for bail was thrown out yet again.
Judge Chan Raingsey said the Phnom Penh Municipal Court had already scheduled a trial for September 10, and so they should be kept in detention, a decision decried by the suspects.
“We call for national and international organisations to intervene to solve our case, because the court is unfair,” suspect Chhay Veth screamed outside the courtroom.
The activists were charged with treason after being arrested last October for allegedly handing out anti-Vietnamese leaflets urging protests at the Vietnamese Embassy.
After their arrests, authorities allegedly recovered more KNLF statements and leaflets.
Despite their professed commitment to nonviolence, the KNLF is considered a terrorist group by the government.
The group’s attorney, Chuong Choungy, said that he believed the court may reconsider after his clients’ trial, allowing them to stay out on bail should they be forced to appeal.