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Bopha retried over assault allegations

Boeung Kak lake activist Yorm Bopha leaves the Appeals Court in Phnom Penh yesterday after being about her alleged involvement in an attack on two motorbike taxi drivers in 2012.
Boeung Kak lake activist Yorm Bopha leaves the Appeals Court in Phnom Penh yesterday after being about her alleged involvement in an attack on two motorbike taxi drivers in 2012. Heng Chivoan

Bopha retried over assault allegations

The Appeal Court yesterday held a hearing in the retrial of Boeung Kak land activist Yorm Bopha (right), her ex-husband and her two brothers accused of attacking two motodops in 2012.

Bopha, 32, was found guilty of ordering the attack and sentenced to three years in prison in 2012.

However, following an international campaign seeking her release, in November of 2013, the Supreme Court ordered Bopha be granted bail, ruling that her case should be sent back to the Court of Appeal for further investigation and a retrial.

Bopha, the only one of the four accused to appear yesterday, told the court that on the day of the attack she was talking with a neighbour when she heard an argument and went to see about it.

She added her brothers were not even in the village at the time. “I don’t know where they are now,” she said. The alleged victims, Vath Thai Seng and Nget Chet, lived in Thailand and did not know about the hearing, said Vath Sarath, 53, father of Seng and uncle of Chet.

He said he wanted the Appeal Court to impose a 60 million riel ($15,000) fine. Bopha’s lawyer, Chan Socheat (left), told the court he wanted the charges dropped and would go to the Supreme Court if they were not.

The verdict is due to be announced June 28.

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