July 24, 2015

Protesters to appeal Veng Sreng sentences

Chhay Channyda, The Phnom Penh Post
Fri, 24 July 2015

More than 20 of the 23 people who received suspended prison sentences of between one and four and a half years for their involvement in garment worker protests in early 2014 are appealing the verdict.

A total of 23 people were arrested on January 2 and 3 of 2014 for taking part in a January 2 protest in front of Yakjin (Cambodia) Inc in Phnom Penh’s Por Sen Chey district and a protest on Veng Sreng Boulevard the next day, at which military officials shot at least five dead.

All were found guilty of charges including intentional violence with damage.

A hearing will be held at the Court of Appeal on August 11 for 21 of those convicted, said Vorn Pov, a defendant and president of Independent Democracy of Informal Economy Association.

“The lower court sentenced me to four and a half years in prison and a fine of $2,000 [in May of 2014],” Pov said yesterday.

“It is very unfair that we have to pay the court money, even though we spent five months in pre-trial detention.”

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