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Court Charges 6 Cambodians Suspected of Terrorism

On Wednesday, top Phnom Penh court officials charged six men and their accomplices on suspected terrorism against Prime Minister Hun Sen's government.

The six suspects are: Saing Bunly, Saom Soth, Chan Rith, Luos Vanthan, Pov Sam An, and Neang Song.

The suspected terrorists “were charged with the intention to create public insecurity by using explosive devices during the water and moon festival”, police official said.

Sok Roeun, Phnom Penh municipal court deputy prosecutor told VOA that the perpetrators are detained in Prey Sor prison while awaiting investigation. He says that, “if found guilty, the men will face from 10 to 20 years in prison, [this] according to Article 2 of Cambodia's anti-terrorism law.”

Ministry of Interior's Lieutenant General, Khieu Sopheak says that the ministry will continue to crack down on terrorist activities in Cambodia.

Opposition party legislator, Keo Remy welcomes the police’s efforts to stop the social unrest, but at the same time, urges the court to find the real reasons behind the arrest.

Kem Sokha, director of Cambodia Center for Human Rights (CCHR), appeals to the Cambodian government and the Phnom Penh court to conduct a full and transparent investigation.