Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Local activist called in for questioning

Local activist called in for questioning

Local activist called in for questioning

A prominent activist in Koh Kong province who has opposed the construction of the Stung Cheay Areng dam has been summonsed to court for alleged “forest crimes”.

The summons, issued by provincial court judge Min Makara last month, was handed to Ven Vorn on Sunday.

The activist was charged with collecting forest products without permission and tampering with evidence.

If found guilty, Vorn could face up to five years in prison.

“If you do not appear [in court] on the aforementioned date, we will issue an arrest warrant,” the summons reads.

Vorn yesterday said he planned to attend the hearing, which was likely related to the construction of a community centre in the Areng Valley.

“The authorities want to place false allegations against me because I am a representative of the community and protect the natural resources of the Areng,” he said.

Vorn was one of several activists and journalists detained last week while protesting the jailing of three activists from local NGO Mother Nature.

In Kongchit, of local rights group Licadho, said the summons was intended to stifle further protests.

MOST VIEWED

  • Hun Sen to ‘step down’ if he loses Sam Rainsy bet over Kem Sokha

    Hun Sen has promised to step down as prime minister while opposition figure Sam Rainsy pledges to turn himself in as forfeits if the long-term political rivals lose a “bet” over the future of former opposition leader Kem Sokha, who is on bail awaiting trial

  • UAE prince seeks to invest in Cambodia

    The UAE has expressed interest in Cambodian oil and gas exploration. Minister of Mines and Energy Suy Sem said this was the result of his discussions with Sheikh Ahmed bin Dalmook bin Juma al-Maktoum, a member of the royal family who visited him on Wednesday.

  • Smith calls for ‘release’ of Sokha as visit ends

    At a press conference to conclude her 11-day visit to Cambodia, UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Cambodia Rhona Smith on Thursday called for treason charges against former opposition leader Kem Sokha to be dropped and for him to be released from “restricted detention”.

  • PM denies ‘nepotism’ claims

    Prime minister Hun Sen denied on Thursday that nepotism was involved in the recent promotions of the children of senior government officials. He said they had been “trained” and were entirely capable of carrying out their duties while being open to “punishment” like anyone else.