Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Judge grills activist on anti-dredging efforts

Judge grills activist on anti-dredging efforts

Judge grills activist on anti-dredging efforts

The questioning of three environmental activists arrested over their anti-sand-dredging activities in Koh Kong province began yesterday, as police attempted to quell protests organised by their supporters.

San Mala, Try Sovikea and Sim Somnang – all activists affiliated with local NGO Mother Nature – were arrested on Monday and charged with threatening to cause damage during protests against a Vietnamese company accused of illegally dredging in a local estuary.

Am Sam Ath, a senior investigator with rights group Licadho, which is providing legal representation to the group, said investigating judge Chhun Davy visited the provincial prison yesterday morning, where she questioned Samnang.

“Questioning of the other two youths was postponed,” he said.

“I think it’s because people were protesting outside the prison to demand that they release the activists that the judge suspended the questioning without setting a new date.”

Davy could not be reached.

Mother Nature activist Sorn Chandara said nearly 100 people from districts across the province gathered yesterday to call for the trio’s release, but many were blocked by police.

“When people were protesting at the prison there wasn’t any violence – they pushed forward to try and get inside to visit them, but police blocked them,” he said.

“When others were travelling from their communities [to the prison], the police also blocked them.”

MOST VIEWED

  • Massive stingrays may live in Mekong’s deep pools

    US scientists have suggested that unexplored deep pools in the Mekong River in an area of Stung Treng could potentially be home to significant populations of giant freshwater stingrays, one of the world’s largest freshwater fish species. This comes as a fisherman hooked a 180

  • CCC team off on US business trip

    The Kingdom’s leading economists and private sector representatives have called on the US to renew its tax preferential status for Cambodian exports, as a Cambodia Chamber of Commerce (CCC) delegation departed for a weeklong business visit to the US, where they will meet with

  • PM takes time to meet, greet Cambodians living in the US

    After landing in the US ahead of the ASEAN-US Special Summit, Prime Minister Hun Sen was received by over 1,000 Cambodian-Americans including political analysts who welcomed him with greetings, fist bumps and selfies. Hun Sen also met with analyst Mak Hoeun, who had allegedly spoken ill

  • Khmer cinema classics back on big screen for free at WB Arena’s outdoor movies series

    On a recent Saturday evening at WB Arena, Bunsong was enjoying a tasty BBQ meal with his family after work on the long tables that had been arranged out in front of the restaurant as they watched a Khmer action movie on a big outdoor

  • PM heads to Washington for ASEAN-US special summit

    Regional and international issues and how to bring the ASEAN-US partnership to another level will be discussed at length as Prime Minister Hun Sen and his ministers arrive in Washington, DC, for a special summit on May 12-13. During the trip, Hun Sen and ASEAN

  • National Assembly refutes EU resolution

    The National Assembly (NA) has hit back at a European Parliament resolution condemning the political and human rights situation in Cambodia, calling it another display of the Parliament’s “double standards”. Key points of the resolution include a warning that the Parliament could exclude the