Summoned Activist Urges Court to Focus on Forest Crimes

The Ratanakiri Provincial Court has asked a forestry activist to testify in a complaint filed against him by local officials, as the activist questioned the court’s inaction on his own complaint.

In an order signed on July 23, court deputy prosecutor and spokesperson Ra Borandy summoned activist Chhorn Phalla, 42, to give testimony for a complaint in which Lumphat district officials accuse him of “causing trouble” at a public forum.

Phalla told VOD that he would testify, but that he was frustrated the court did not move on his own complaint, which he filed on July 20 against 16 officials and villagers for forestry crimes as well as an alleged beating at the forum in question.

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