Cambodian Court Upholds Reinvestigation of Spying Charges Against RFA Reporters

An appeals court in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh on Tuesday rejected a request by two former RFA reporters to drop a reinvestigation into espionage charges against them, extending their two-year legal limbo, their lawyer said.

Yeang Sothearin and Uon Chhin—who had worked as an editor, reporter and news anchor, and a photographer and videographer for RFA’s Khmer Service, respectively—were taken into custody in November 2017.

They were charged with “illegally collecting information for a foreign source” after RFA closed its bureau in the capital in September that year.

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