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Cambodian Court Releases Five Human Rights Workers on Bail

Sopheng Cheang Thursday, June 29, 2017

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A judge in Cambodia on Thursday ordered the release on bail of five human rights workers who had been detained without trial for more than 13 months in a case connected to alleged wrongdoing by an opposition political leader. In a separate case, an appeals court upheld a seven-year prison sentence given to an opposition senator for comments on his Facebook page criticizing a 1979 border agreement with neighboring Vietnam.

Both cases are related to a concerted campaign by Prime Minister Hun Sen and his ruling Cambodian People's Party to cripple opposition politicians by using the courts to get them into legal trouble, seen by many as a tactic to weaken their election chances. Cambodian courts are considered by many critics to be under the influence of the ruling party, an allegation they deny. ...

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