Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - NGO fight: Two DARPO suspects to be released

NGO fight: Two DARPO suspects to be released

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.

RECOMMENDED STORIES

  • Breaking: PM says prominent human rights NGO ‘must close’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Interior Ministry to investigate the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and potentially close it “because they follow foreigners”, appearing to link the rights group to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party's purported “revolution”. The CNRP - the

  • Rainsy and Sokha ‘would already be dead’: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday appeared to suggest he would have assassinated opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha had he known they were promising to “organise a new government” in the aftermath of the disputed 2013 national elections. In a clip from his speech

  • Massive ceremony at Angkor Wat will show ‘Cambodia not in anarchy’: PM

    Government officials, thousands of monks and Prime Minister Hun Sen himself will hold a massive prayer ceremony at Angkor Wat in early December to highlight the Kingdom’s continuing “peace, independence and political stability”, a spectacle observers said was designed to disguise the deterioration of

  • PM tells workers CNRP is to blame for any sanctions

    In a speech to workers yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen pinned the blame for any damage inflicted on Cambodia’s garment industry by potential economic sanctions squarely on the opposition party. “You must remember clearly that if the purchase orders are reduced, it is all