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Lawyers Appeal Sentencing of Activists in ‘Escape’ Case

Chan Cheng, a Cambodia National Rescue Party lawmaker.

Lawyers for two opposition supporters have filed an appeal against a two-year sentence issued to each last week.

Chan Cheng, a Cambodia National Rescue Party lawmaker, and Choung Chou Ngy, a Rescue Party lawyer, were sentenced on charges that they helped a third man, Meas Peng, escape from custody in Kandal province in 2011.

The defendants have maintained that authorities there lacked the proper documentation to hold Meas Peng, a Rescue Party activist who was facing provisional detention in a dispute case brought by a local official—so they simply helped him get home.

Opposition supporters say the sentences have more to do with political harassment than law.