Backers ask King to set Sonando free

Members of the Association of Democrats, the group led by jailed activist and Beehive Radio owner Mam Sonando, rallied in front of the Royal Palace yesterday to deliver petitions appealing for his release. Huon Phannary, the deputy secretary-general of the association, said yesterday that nearly 100 ...

Sonando gets 20 years

In a move that stunned his supporters and drew ire from rights groups and foreign embassies alike, independent radio station owner Mam Sonando was sentenced to 20 years in prison yesterday on charges of insurrection. Sonando, owner of broadcaster Beehive Radio and president of the rights ...

Verdict Due October 1 in Trial of Jailed Radio Station Owner

On the fourth and final day of his trial for alleged involvement in a secessionist movement, independent radio station owner Mam Sonando told the court on Friday that he had returned to Cambodia from the U.S. to stand the trial because he was innocent. Mr. Sonando, ...

Focus on 'Secession' Trial Shifts Back to Mam Sonando

Independent radio station owner Mam Sonando mounted a spirited defense during the third and last day of testimony at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday in his trial for allegedly leading a secessionist group. At time raising his voice, waving his arms and grabbing his head ...

Radio Station Owner Denies Secession Charges

Independent radio station owner Mam Sonando declared his innocence yesterday at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court where his trial began over his alleged involvement in a secessionist movement in Kratie province. Commenting on organization he founded, the Association of Democrats, Mr. Sonando told the court it was ...

Mam Sonando Plea for Outside Medical Treatment Unanswered

Four days after requesting permission to get medical treatment outside prison, jailed radio station owner Mam Sonando, who Amnesty International considers “prisoner of conscience”, has yet to receive a reply from prison officials, an associate said yesterday. On Thursday Mr. Sonando requested outside medical treatment for ...

Supporters Pray for Mam Sonando’s Release

More than a hundred supporters of imprisoned Beehive Radio owner Mam Sonando gathered at the Preah Ang Dang Keu Shrine in front of the Royal Palace yesterday morning to offer prayers for his release. Sporting shirts printed with photos of Mr. Sonando, the group lit candles ...

Mam Sonando Arrested for ‘Insurrection’

Mam Sonando, beleaguered owner of the independent Beehive Radio station, was arrested at his Phnom Penh home yesterday morning on a raft of charges relating to a so-called secessionist movement that authorities supposedly disbanded in Kratie earlier this year. More than a dozen plainclothes and uniformed ...

‘Secessionists’ no-show event

A Friday press conference meant to be an act of defiance and a call for justice from the so-called Kratie “secessionists” was conspicuously short on both, as two accused secessionists failed to appear as promised to demand that the government present credible evidence against them. Instead, ...

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