Four Environmentalists Released By Court; Temporarily Barred From Investigating Deforestation

Four activists, including noted environmentalist Ouch Leng, were released by the Kratie Provincial Court Monday afternoon, after being detained last week as they investigated illegal logging operations in the Prey Land protected forest.

The Kratie Provincial Court questioned the four environmental activists on Sunday after Sambor district police arrested them when they were investigating illegal logging inside the Think Biotech land concession in the Prey Lang protected area. They were released Monday afternoon without being charged, though are still under investigation.

The four activists are Ouch Leng, head of the Cambodian Human Rights Task Force and the 2016 Goldman Environmental Prize winner; Khem Soky and Srey Thei, from the Prey Lang Community Network (PLCN); and Men Mat, who was physically assaulted by company workers while inside the Think Biotech compound on March 13.

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