Cambodia convicts 5 environmentalists over plan to march to PM’s home

A Cambodian court sentenced five environmental activists for up to 20 months in jail on Wednesday for incitement to commit crimes, over their attempts to organise a march to the prime minister’s residence to protest the filling-in of a city lake.

The activists, all members of the conservation group Mother Nature, were jailed for between 18 and 20 months for incitement to commit a felony or disturb social order, court spokesman Y Rin said.

Two of the defendants were sentenced in absentia, one of them Alejandro Gonzalez-Davidson, the group’s Spanish founder, who was also charged with conspiracy to incite crimes.

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