Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Ex-CNRP trio in court

Ex-CNRP trio in court

Former CNRP activists Ouk Pich Samnang (left) and Meach Sovannara (right) are escorted into the Supreme Court in Phnom Penh in January 2017.
Former CNRP activists Ouk Pich Samnang (left) and Meach Sovannara (right) are escorted into the Supreme Court in Phnom Penh in January 2017. Pha Lina

Ex-CNRP trio in court

The Appeal Court on Friday questioned three of 11 former opposition CNRP activists that the municipal court convicted of “insurrection” over a 2014 protest that turned violent.

The 11 were accused of inciting a protest in July 2014 in which protesters lashed out at notorious Daun Penh district security guards. They were sentenced to between seven and 20 years in prison and ordered to pay compensation to the plaintiffs in July of 2015.

Under questioning, former opposition official Meach Sovanara denied all allegations. “On that day, I had not led the protest,” he said.

Co-accused Oeun Narith, former assistant to CNRP Deputy President Mu Sochua, similarly rejected allegations of insurrection, saying the officials “had not joined in causing the violence”.

“The allegation that [we] are the leaders of the protest is unfair,” he said.

Ouk Pich Samnang, another one of the 11 defendants, said the court was a “ghost court” that did not serve justice.

Eleven of the 39 plaintiffs – all security guards – were also present on Friday. The hearing was interrupted several times due to electricity cuts, and a date has not been set yet to hear the rest of the testimony.

MOST VIEWED

  • Oil producers see oversupply

    Major oil producers said on Sunday that crude supply next year would outstrip demand, calling for new strategies based on production adjustments. Khalid al-Falih, Energy Minister of the world’s top supplier Saudi Arabia, said the kingdom would cut its production by 500,000 barrels per day (

  • ‘Historic’ Khmer Rouge tribunal Case 002/2 verdict to be delivered

    The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) are to deliver the verdict on Friday, in the trial of former Khmer Rouge leaders Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, in a pronouncement hailed as a “historic event for Cambodia and the world”. The verdict from

  • Record set for world’s longest dragon boat

    Cambodia broke the world record for the longest dragon boat – a title previously held by China, Guinness World Records adjudicator Pravin Patel said on Monday. He verified the record on the east bank of the Mekong river, in Prey Veng province’s Peamro district. “With

  • Analyst: Government appointments ‘a waste of national budget’

    The government has appointed over 200 officials as undersecretaries of state, secretaries of state, assistants and advisers at various institutions since October 1. While senior officials said the appointments were aimed at ensuring higher efficiency at the national level, social analysts said the practice is merely power-sharing