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‘Insurrection’ Case Still Looms Over Opposition Activists


File Photo: A protester is holding a sign that reads 'Free the Activists'

File Photo: A protester is holding a sign that reads 'Free the Activists'

Phnom Penh Municipal Court again delayed a hearing for 11 opposition activists, shortly after opening one on Monday.

This is the fourth time the court has postponed a hearing for the Cambodia National Rescue Party activists, who include US citizen Meach Sovannara. All of them are accused of “insurrection,” following a demonstration that turned violent in July 2014 and led to the injuries of security personnel hired by Phnom Penh.

The activists have been released on bail, following the conclusion of political negotiations between the Rescue Party and the Cambodian People’s Party, over electoral reforms.

But the case still hangs over them, along with charges that Human Rights Watch has called “ridiculous.”

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