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Appeals Court Hears Sam Rainsy Border Marker Case

Cambodian opposition party leader Sam Rainsy, stands in front of the municipal court in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

The Court of Appeals on Tuesday reviewed a criminal case against opposition leader Sam Rainsy, who is accused of destruction of property and inciting racial hatred after he pulled several markers on the border of Vietnam.

Sam Rainsy, who is in exile abroad, faces two years in prison for the offense, after he was found guilty by the Svay Rieng provincial court earlier this year.

He is also facing a 10-year jail term for posting a border map on his party's website he says proves Vietnamese land encroachment.

The Appeals Court also considered the convictions of two other men who have been sentenced for jail for their part in the border markers uprooting.

The Appeals Court said it would announce its decision next week.