Anti-Eviction Activist Yorm Bopha Freed on Bail

The Supreme Court on Friday temporarily freed jailed Boeng Kak anti-eviction activist Yorm Bopha on bail, but sent her case back to the Court of Appeal to be reinvestigated. During the hearing, which lasted an hour and a half, dozens of monks and supporters of the jailed activist rallied outside the Supreme Court building where they banged drums, gave speeches and marched in procession on the streets around the courthouse. … The panel of five judges took only 15 minutes to deliberate their decision. “The Supreme Court decides to temporarily release Yorm Bopha on bail and sends this case to the Appeal Court to reinvestigate and hear the case again,” Presiding Judge Khim Pon said. … Boeng Kak activist Tep Vanny also had mixed feelings about the decision, saying that on one hand she was happy with the bail decision, but frustrated that the case remains before the courts. “I’m afraid that Yorm Bopha could be arrested again,” she said.

Khy Sovuthy and Lauren Crothers