Farmers freed after ‘injustice’

The last of the Chi Kraeng villagers has been freed by the Appeal Court after it upheld their acquittal. The villagers had originally been convicted of forcibly detaining two businessmen over a land dispute involving 475 hectares of rice paddies in Siem Reap in 2009. The incident began in March 2009 when military, provincial and border police opened fire on farmers without provocation with four farmers getting shot.