Cambodia charges four conservationists with conspiracy to plotting, royal insults

A Cambodian court has charged four environmental activists with insulting the country’s King and conspiracy to plotting, a prosecutor said on Monday (June 21), following the arrest of three of them last week as they documented waste discharge into a city river.

Deputy Prosecutor Plang Sophal of Phnom Penh Municipal Court confirmed the charges in a text message but did not specify how the activists, from the group Mother Nature, had broken the laws.

“The evidence collected by the police was an insult to the King,” he said, without elaborating.

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