Search form

Login - Register | FOLLOW US ON

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Prosecutors tell court to drop charge in land dispute case

Prosecutors tell court to drop charge in land dispute case

Prosecutors yesterday recommended that the Ratanakkiri Provincial Court drop charges against two human rights activists and a radio reporter accused in 2009 of inciting villagers involved in a land dispute against agro-business firm DM Group.

Deputy prosecutor Ros Saram told the Post that because he had been unable to find sufficient evidence, he had recommended to presiding Judge Lock Lao that he drop charges brought by a previous judge against Pen Bonnar and Chhay Thy, of rights group Adhoc, and Radio Free Asia reporter Sok Ratha.

Saram said approval of the request depended on Judge Lao, whom the Post could not reach for comment yesterday.

“I hope the judge will approve this recommendation and let us free from these charges,” said Bonnar.

“We were working with villagers in accordance with the law.”

Bonnar added that this case was one of two brought against him due to his support of villagers engaged in a long-running land dispute with DM Group in Ratanakkiri.

To contact the reporter on this story: Chhay Channyda at channyda.chhay@phnompenhpost.com

0

Comments

Please, login or register to post a comment

Latest Video

Keo Mom, director of LY LY Food Industry, on being a businesswoman in Cambodia

Mrs Keo Mom is the director of LY LY Food Industry as well as the head of the Cambodia Women Enterpreneurs Association.

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.

CNRP commune chief candidate Khum Rany photographed near her family home.

In sleepy Sre Preang town in Preah Vihear province, two abandoned bulldozers sit on either side of the street in front of Brame Commune Hall.

CNRP spokesperson Yim Sovann seen speaking at an event in a photograph posted on his Facebook page. Facebook

In response to a CNRP request to allow garment workers to take a day off on the Monday after the June 4 commune elections, the National Election Co