Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Detention upheld Ny Chakrya denied bail on appeal



Detention upheld Ny Chakrya denied bail on appeal

Detention upheld Ny Chakrya denied bail on appeal

The Appeal Court yesterday denied a bail request from election official Ny Chakrya, who stands accused of bribing the alleged mistress of opposition leader Kem Sokha in a case widely considered politically motivated.

Judge Sous Sam Ath threw out the request, leaving Chakrya in pre-trial detention.

Chakrya, the deputy secretary-general of the National Election Committee (NEC), was arrested on April 28, 2016, and stands accused with four staffers of the human rights group Adhoc, to which he also previously belonged. Chakrya’s lawyer, Sam Sokong, said he requested bail for his client on the basis of health problems and guaranteed a deposit of $500, as well as his client’s passport.

“According to the court, if there was a release on bail, it would affect [the] other accused,” Sokong said. “[The] second point is that the case is under investigation, and another point, the court is afraid that the accused [might] collude with others to threaten [Sokha’s alleged mistress].”

Chakrya has taken his case to the Appeal Court three previous times: once to challenge the extension of his pre-trial detention and twice to request bail.

MOST VIEWED

  • Phnom Penh placed in two-week lockdown

    The government has decided to place Phnom Penh in lockdown for two weeks, effective April 14 midnight through April 28, as Cambodia continues to grapple with the ongoing community outbreak of Covid-19, which has seen no sign of subsiding. According to a directive signed by Prime Minister

  • Cambodia on the verge of national tragedy, WHO warns

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia warned that the country had reached another critical point amid a sudden, huge surge in community transmission cases and deaths. “We stand on the brink of a national tragedy because of Covid-19. Despite our best efforts, we are

  • Hun Sen: Stay where you are, or else

    Prime Minister Hun Sen warned that the two-week lockdown of Phnom Penh and adjacent Kandal provincial town Takmao could be extended if people are not cooperative by staying home. “Now let me make this clear: stay in your home, village, and district and remain where

  • Vaccination open to foreigners in Cambodia

    The Ministry of Health on April 8 issued an announcement on Covid-19 vaccination for foreigners residing and working in Cambodia, directing the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training and local authorities to register them. Health minister Mam Bun Heng, who is also head of the inter-ministerial

  • Culture ministry: Take Tuol Sleng photos down, or else

    The Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts has told Irish photographer Matt Loughrey to take down the photos of Khmer Rouge victims at Tuol Sleng Genocidal Museum which he allegedly colourised and altered to show them smiling. The ministry said Loughrey's work is unacceptable, affecting

  • Cambodia gears up for muted New Year festival

    The recent curfew and restrictions imposed in the capital and other Covid-19 hotspots were intended to break the chain of transmission, Ministry of Health spokeswoman Or Vandine said as municipal and provincial authorities issued new directives banning certain activities during the upcoming Khmer New Year