Kampong Thom Provincial Court summons nine Prey Lang community activists from Sandan district for questioning on 14 March 2013

Created Date : 13 / Mar / 2013
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Nine community activists, Chheang Vuthy, Prom Suy, Hein Hai, SaoKorn, Meas Vorn, Meas Koeung, Moa Thea, Noun Ken and Doung Chay, will appear atKampong Thom Provincial Court of First Instance for questioning on 14 March2013. The nine are summonsed in relation to a complaint made by Ul Rotha in2011, after Prey Lang community activists attempted to prevent her from clearingan area of forest at Au SleokKrey village, Sandan district, Kampong Thomprovince, by reporting her activities to the local authorities. After makingthe complaint against the activists, Ul Rotha, who is believed to have somepowerful people behind her continued to clear a 200 meters squared area offorest for vegetable cultivation.Following the complaint against them in 2011, all nine activistswere charged with “Intentionally causing damage to private property” underArticle 410 of the Cambodian Penal Code 2009. All nine community activists denyknowingly damaging any property belonging to Ul Rotha. This is the second timethey will appear in Court to answer questions in relation to this matter, thefirst time being in 2011. The nine defendants are all active members of the Prey Langcommunity, which has been campaigning to protect publically owned forest areasin the Kampong Thom province for a number of years. If found guilty, they couldface prison sentences of between six months and two years, and finesof betweenone million and four million Riels (between 250 and 1,000 USD). A CCHR monitor will be present at the questioning and CCHR willissuefurther updates as the case progresses.

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