SIXTEEN Cambodian loggers are still awaiting the scheduling of a hearing in Thailand’s Ubon Ratchathani Provincial Appeal Court after their arrest and conviction for illegal entry and destruction of forestry. The men were arrested in July and were sentenced in September. Fifteen of them received nine-year jail terms, and a 16th received a six-year term. “We contact the Thai court officials and asked them to schedule the appeal hearing for the 16 men soon, but they told us that they have not yet fixed a date because they must wait six months after the original verdict,” said Leu Chandara, deputy chief of the Cambodia-Thailand Relations Office.
On Trial: Loggers still waiting for appeal