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NGO fight: Two DARPO suspects to be released

NGO fight
THE Appeal Court yesterday ordered the release on bail of two residents of Preah Vihear province’s Choam Ksan district who were arrested in connection with a complaint filed against an NGO that has come under fire for alleged human rights abuses, a court official said.
“We decided to release the two on bail because the case is not the criminal one,” Judge Chhuon Sunleng said.

The two villagers – 45-year-old Sath Savoeun and 62-year-old Srey Sophan – were charged with incitement, disinformation and forgery after a complaint was filed against them by the Drugs and AIDS Research and Prevention Organisation.

Prior to their arrest, they had served as representatives of families that accused the NGO – which is run by a one-star general – of subjecting Choam Ksan residents to “threats, rape and torture”, among other abuses.

Their lawyer, Long Lun, said he would press the provincial court to release them immediately.



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