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No bail for Sabrina unionists

Workers from the Sabrina Garment factory protest the arrest and detention of jailed workers in front of the Kampong Speu Provincial Court in June.  Heng Chivoan
Workers from the Sabrina Garment factory protest the arrest and detention of jailed workers in front of the Kampong Speu Provincial Court in June. HENG CHIVOAN

No bail for Sabrina unionists

ACCORDING to defence lawyer Kao Ty, the court decided to uphold the decision of the provincial court in a closed-door hearing last Friday. “They said if those eight members and workers were released on bail, they would cause a problem again,” he said, adding that he would appeal the decision.

“We wouldn’t go against the court’s decision to detain them if they had provoked people or destroyed company property, but they didn’t,” Ty said.

Provincial court judge Cheum Rithy yesterday said a trial date had not been set and defended his decision to hold the unionists, saying that to “release them on bail . . . will affect or disturb our investigation”.

In a message published in an ad in the Post last month, Sabrina president Susan Chen appealed to the Cambodian government “to firmly uphold the rights of law-abiding bona fide investors such as Sabrina factory”.

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