Jan 30 fixed for Kem Sokha’s appeal as civil societies hope for political space restoration

 The Court of Appeal will hear former opposition leader Kem Sokha’s appeal against his treason conviction this January 30, as civil societies call on the new government to restore the political situation and human rights in the country. ...

Khuon Narim

Regional appeal courts open on April 1

Three regional appeal courts set up in the provinces will serve the public on April 1, said a Justice Ministry official. All of the appeal courts will also handle complaints sent back by the Supreme Court in Phnom Penh. ...

Taing Vida

Women lack full rights at Appeal Court

The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) has released an observational report on the rights of woman defendant’s at the Appeal Court, claiming that many weren’t granted due process. Having monitors attend 453 trials from December 2016 to June this year, CCHR found that there ...

Niem Chheng

Appeal court upholds Veng Sreng riot convictions

The Appeal Court on Thursday upheld convictions of intentional violence and causing property damage against 13 unionists and workers who were arrested during a riot outside a Phnom Penh industrial park on January 3, 2014, at which military police shot dead at least five people. ...

Khy Sovuthy

Kidney-sale sentence cut in half on appeal

A woman who had been sentenced to 15 years for organ trafficking in March had her sentence halved at the Appeal Court yesterday, while her two relatives convicted in absentia saw their 10-year sentences dropped entirely. ...

Kim Sarom

Provinces tapped for appeal court project

Long-awaited regional appeal courts, intended to ease a logjam of pending cases caused by inmate transportation issues, will be unveiled in three provinces next year, Ministry of Justice officials said yesterday. ...

Chhay Channyda

Court denies appeal for rights worker in death threat case

The Appeal Court on Friday upheld a Phnom Penh Municipal Court decision to throw out the case of an NGO staffer who claims his life was threatened by security guards working for property magnate Khun Sear at a disputed site in Tuol Kok district. ...

Ben Sokhean

Courts ban beach sale in latest Polonsky-Doroshenko dispute

Officials in Preah Sihanouk province last week moved to bar prominent Russian businessman Nikolai Doroshenko from selling Sihanoukville’s Victory Beach after the Appeal Court ruled that he had violated a contract to transfer the property to fugitive Russian oligarch Sergei Polonsky, court officials said Wednesday. ...

Aun Pheap

Appeal Court upholds controversial convictions

The Court of Appeal on Monday upheld the protest-related convictions handed down to 11 activists in November, but reduced the prison sentences of all but the most high-profile members of the group. Seven of the defendants were arrested in mid-November for blocking traffic during a ...

Mech Dara

‘No proof’ in Koh Kong land fight: judge

Villagers in Koh Kong province were sent back to the drawing board yesterday, when the Court of Appeal upheld the provincial court’s decision that about 62 hectares of land belongs to Heng Huy Co. ...

Pech Sotheary

Hope for B Kak activists

An Appeal Court judge yesterday said that seven female Boeung Kak land activists imprisoned in November for protesting on Monivong Boulevard in Phnom Penh were not actually blocking traffic at the time of their arrest. Eleven activists – the seven women arrested on November 10 and ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya and Shane Worrell

Boeung Kak activists’ release sought

As 10 land-rights activists and a monk prepare to take their appeal against one-year prison terms to the Appeal Court today, rights groups yesterday called for an end to government influence over the judiciary. “It’s time for Cambodia’s courts to act professionally and independently from the ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya and Shane Worrell

Police seize weapons from fugitive general’s homes

A day after the Appeal Court denied bail to the parents of fugitive defense ministry official Thong Sarath, municipal police and court officials Wednesday searched three residences belonging to the family and seized three AK-47 rifles at one of the homes.​ ...

Hay Pisey

Court denies bail for parents of fugitive general in murder case

The Court of Appeal on Tuesday denied bail for the parents of a senior Ministry of Defense official who remains on the run over allegations that he orchestrated the assassination of a wealthy businessman in November. The Phnom Penh Municipal Court charged Major General Thong Sarath ...

Khuon Narim

Meach Sovannara denied bail, again

Despite pledging to deposit $2,500 and surrender his passport, Cambodian-American opposition official Meach Sovannara was yesterday denied bail for a fourth time, and for the second time at the Appeal Court​. ...

Meas Sokchea

Justice deferred: ‘The 23’ look forward to appeal date

The Appeal Court has set a date to hear the case of 23 garment workers and unionists who were convicted in May in connection with violent protests calling for a doubling of the sector’s minimum wage.​ ...

May Titthara

End impunity for PM’s cousin, lawyer insists

The lawyer of a 70-year-old widow whose land was stolen by a cousin of Prime Minister Hun Sen, Dy Proem, has filed a letter to the National Assembly’s human rights committee asking the body to help speed up the long-stalled case. Dy Proem was sentenced ...

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea

Lawyer says court won’t question lawmakers

The charges of “leading an insurrection” brought against seven CNRP lawmakers-elect after a violent protest last month now appear dead in the water, with their lawyers saying a Phnom Penh judge has told them he cannot question them over the case because they have sworn ...

Kuch Naren

Cambodia’s top court denies bail to 21 jailed protesters

Cambodia’s Supreme Court on Friday upheld a decision refusing bail to 21 people arrested during a deadly worker strike crackdown, a defense lawyer said, as dozens of supporters protested outside, calling the charges against them politically motivated and demanding their release. The top court upheld the ...

Radio Free Asia News Staff

Cambodia: nine opposition trade unions warn of mass strike

Cambodia’s nine opposition-aligned trade unions warned on Wednesday that they will lead a large-scale strike in eight days from March 12 if their demands are not met, reports Vietnam News Agency (VNA). The unions have demanded that the court free 21 detained protesters and the government ...

BERNAMA News Staff

Bandith lawyer ‘in dark’

The lawyer of wanted fugitive Chhouk Bandith yesterday said key witnesses had not been summonsed to an appeal hearing of the sentencing of the powerful former Bavet town governor, scheduled for Thursday. Defence lawyer Sun Bannarith told the Post he had found out about the hearing from the ...

May Titthara

Rights groups call for release of ‘scapegoats’

Rights groups and the United Nations yesterday urged the Supreme Court to drop the case against two men widely believed to have been wrongfully convicted of the slaying of unionist Chea Vichea when it convenes this morning. Born Samnang and Sok Sam Oeun were re-arrested in ...

Chhay Channyda

Bandith trial ends with prosecutor accusing two

The final day of former Bavet town governor Chhouk Bandith’s trial on Friday saw heated argument between lawyers and witnesses over who was responsible for shootings that injured three garment factory workers at a demonstration last year. More than 20 witnesses testified during the three days ...

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