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Supreme Court To Decide on Detention of Opposition Supporter

Mr. Meach Sovanara, an activist of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) is escorted while he was brought to the supreme court on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. (Heng Reaksmey/VOA Khmer)

The Cambodian Supreme Court on Wednesday opened a hearing in the detention of Meach Sovannara, an opposition supporter arrested in July last year after violent pro-opposition demonstrations.

The court is meeting on whether he should remain detained ahead of his trial. He is accused of inciting violence during the July demonstrations, a charge he denies.

Supporters say he is being held for political purposes and for his support of the Cambodia National Rescue Party.

The Rescue Party came to a political deal with the ruling Cambodian People’s Party shortly after the protests and subsequent arrests of opposition activists, including Meach Sovannara. A decision from the court is expected March 11.