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Capitol Bus brawl duo given bail before trial

A man attacks a bus driver in central Phnom Penh during a Capitol Bus Company protest in February that turned violent. Licadho
A man attacks a bus driver in central Phnom Penh during a Capitol Bus Company protest in February that turned violent. Licadho

Capitol Bus brawl duo given bail before trial

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court granted bail yesterday to Capitol Bus Company driver Norn Vanna and Cambodian Labour Confederation member Ros Siphay, who were arrested after striking drivers were brutally attacked by a tuk-tuk union in early February.

The men, who are charged with intentional violence, aggravation against authorities and blocking traffic, were released yesterday. Requests to drop the charges were denied, said defence lawyer Kim Socheat. “I think it will be fair for my clients only when the case is closed and they are freed,” Socheat said.

Investigating judge Ros Piseth said he granted bail to the accused because they were first-time offenders and their release wouldn’t influence the verdict.

Fired Capitol drivers planned to hold protests yesterday in the Prampi Makara district, but put off their demonstration after district officials invited driver representatives for negotiations.

Forty-five Capitol drivers were fired for attempting to unionise last year. Company rep Hor Kuvan said the company had no intention of hiring the drivers back, and would leave that decision to the court.

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