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Protesters to appeal Veng Sreng sentences

Protesters to appeal Veng Sreng sentences

More than 20 of the 23 people who received suspended prison sentences of between one and four and a half years for their involvement in garment worker protests in early 2014 are appealing the verdict.

A total of 23 people were arrested on January 2 and 3 of 2014 for taking part in a January 2 protest in front of Yakjin (Cambodia) Inc in Phnom Penh’s Por Sen Chey district and a protest on Veng Sreng Boulevard the next day, at which military officials shot at least five dead.

All were found guilty of charges including intentional violence with damage.

A hearing will be held at the Court of Appeal on August 11 for 21 of those convicted, said Vorn Pov, a defendant and president of Independent Democracy of Informal Economy Association.

“The lower court sentenced me to four and a half years in prison and a fine of $2,000 [in May of 2014],” Pov said yesterday.

“It is very unfair that we have to pay the court money, even though we spent five months in pre-trial detention.”

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