Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Bail granted to ‘protesters’ arrested at overpass

Bail granted to ‘protesters’ arrested at overpass

Two alleged protesters arrested during violence at the Kbal Thnal overpass are brought into court on September 16
Two alleged protesters arrested during violence at the Kbal Thnal overpass are brought into court on September 16. PHA LINA

Bail granted to ‘protesters’ arrested at overpass

All six civilians charged in connection with the September clashes at the Kbal Thnal overpass have been granted bail, a rights monitor said yesterday.

Four of them were released from Prey Sar prison yesterday and two are set to be released today, Licadho technical supervisor Am Sam Ath said.

“We were surprised with the release, because the lawyers did not know anything, even though they filed for bail on September 30,” he said.

“But we welcome their release and urge the court to consider dropping the charges against these men.”

On the first night of the opposition party’s three-day mass demonstration, clashes broke out at the overpass between police and residents angry at being blocked from crossing the bridge. Over the course of several hours, the violence escalated, with riot police fighting back at rock-throwers using electric prods, batons, gas canisters and, eventually, live ammunition. One man was fatally shot and multiple people injured, though a promised police investigation has yet to yield any perpetrators.

The six men were detained at the scene of the clashes and charged a day later with intentional violence and damage to public property. Their lawyers maintain there is little to link them to the incident.

Suos Sam Ath, investigating judge on the case, could not be reached for comment.

Taing Ny, whose 18-year-old son Tang Chung Seang is among those charged, said she was looking forward to seeing her son return to high school and stressed his innocence.

“For certain he did not join that demonstration that night. He was coming to get me, because I was stuck at the overpass after I left my market stall for the evening. My son came to find me, then he was arrested,” she said. “His case should be dropped.”

MOST VIEWED

  • Stock photo agencies cash in on Khmer Rouge tragedy
    Stock-photo companies selling images from S-21 raises ethics concerns

    A woman with short-cropped hair stares directly into the camera, her head cocked slightly to the side. On her lap is a sleeping infant just barely in the frame. The woman was the wife of a Khmer Rouge officer who fell out of favour, and

  • US think tank warns of China's 'ulterior motives'

    A US think tank on Tuesday warned that spreading Chinese investment in the Indo-Pacific follows a pattern of leveraging geopolitical influence at the expense of the nations receiving investment, including Cambodia. The report looks at a sample of 15 Chinese port development projects, noting that the

  • Defence Ministry denies weapons in smuggling case came from Cambodia

    After a Thai national was arrested last week for allegedly smuggling guns from Cambodia to Thailand, Cambodia's Defence Ministry has claimed the weapons seized during the arrest are not used in Cambodia, despite the fact that both types of rifle seized are commonly found in

  • More than three tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia seized in Mozambique

    A total of 3.5 tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia was seized by authorities in Mozambique late last week, according to the NGO Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). CITES' information was based on a report from the