Search form

Login - Register | FOLLOW US ON

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - More protests as Capitol bus unionists denied bail

Former Capitol Bus Company drivers protest outside the Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday afternoon.
Former Capitol Bus Company drivers protest outside the Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday afternoon. Pha Lina

More protests as Capitol bus unionists denied bail

About 300 demonstrators gathered in front of Prey Sar Prison and Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday to protest the continuing imprisonment of two union members who were arrested after being attacked and beaten during a February 6 protest.

Former Capitol Bus Company driver Norn Vanna and Cambodia Labour Confederation member Ros Siphay were arrested after their protest – part of an ongoing strike by Capitol drivers – was attacked by members of the Cambodia for Confederation Development Association, which represents tuk-tuk drivers and motodops. None of the alleged attackers were arrested.

Instead, Vanna and Siphay were charged on February 9 with intentional violence, aggravation against authorities and blocking traffic. Four fellow protesters were charged in absentia.

Yesterday, investigating judge Ros Piseth denied them bail to “prevent more incidents”, according to the decision.

Ath Thorn, a prominent garment union leader and one of the four additional protesters charged, said: “We are not the troublemakers but the victims; the perpetrators are members of the tuk-tuk association, but the courts and police charged us instead.”

Vanna’s defence attorney Kim Socheat said yesterday that he has new evidence for the judge to consider that could exculpate both suspects but could not yet be divulged. Judge Piseth could not be reached for comment.

0

Comments

Please, login or register to post a comment

Latest Video

Bodies of Cambodian peacekeepers returned to Kingdom

The bodies of four Cambodian peacekeepers killed by a Christian militia in Central African Republic were repatriated to the Kingdom and honoured in an airport ceremony on May 21.

Phnom Penh eats: Ptas Nak Battambang

As the name suggests, Ptsa Nak Battambang – which in English means Battambang's house – is the right place for those who want to try some of the province's typical dishes in Phnom Penh.

Military police stand guard outside a polling station that was allegedly prematurely closed to eligible voters during the 2013 general election in Kandal province. Photo supplied

The Ministry of Defence on Friday lashed out at civil society and election monitoring groups, claiming a

Opposition leader Kem Sokha uses his hat to gesture to supporters during a campaign rally yesterday in Siem Reap province. Facebook

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday threatened to unleash war on the opposition party if he loses patience with their campaign for the June 4 commune