Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Adhoc takes Cham logger case

Adhoc takes Cham logger case

Adhoc takes Cham logger case

THE rights group Adhoc plans to send a letter to Kratie provincial court today asking for the release on bail of 17 Cham Muslim residents of Snuol district who were charged Tuesday with illegal logging inside a protected forest area, provincial coordinator Thim Narin said Thursday.

She said the group has agreed to provide free legal representation in the pending trial.

The 17 villagers were arrested on Monday and charged the following day.

“We will send a letter on Friday asking for those people to be released on bail, and our office in Phnom Penh will provide them with two lawyers,” Thim Narin said.

Provincial prosecutor Chab Suoreasmey said Thursday that all 17 had engaged in “anarchy” by logging in the protected area.

However, Khuot Kai, 46, said his son was among the 17 arrested villagers, and that all of them had moved to Kratie from their native Kampong Cham because they wanted farmland of their own.

In Kratie, he said, they had been hired by the Vietnamese to work on farms.

“The Vietnamese hired us to work on farms for them, but we have decided to move” to Kratie, he said. “Now we want the court to release our villagers because it is an injustice for them.”

MOST VIEWED

  • EU parliament’s 13-point vote to decide on possible sanctions

    The European Parliament is due to vote on Thursday on a 13-point resolution on Cambodia – which includes a call for the treason charges against bailed opposition leader Kem Sokha to be dropped – a threat that could see the EU enforce a range of sanctions against

  • Government hits back at threats to pull EBA, suspend UN seat

    The spokesman for the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) has said the government is in no way concerned after the European Parliament gave it three months to reverse what it called the “systematic repression of the political opposition”. Ignoring the ultimatum could mean facing

  • Sar Kheng: Sokha requested security

    Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Sunday revealed the story behind the transfer of former opposition party leader Kem Sokha from Trapaing Phlong prison in Tbong Khmum province to his house in the capital. Speaking at the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) headquarters in Prey

  • Chinese influx pushing locals, Westerners out of Preah Sihanouk

    Some within the Kingdom’s tourism industry have speculated that the recent influx of Chinese visitors may hinder domestic tourism as the price of accommodations in the coastal city of Sihanoukville continues to rise. Preah Sihanouk province, which has become a hotbed for Chinese investment