Appeal Court Will Review Delay in Ex-RFA Reporters’ Case

The Appeal Court will consider a motion from two former Radio Free Asia journalists challenging the Phnom Penh Municipal Court’s decision to delay a verdict in their case, which centers around a widely-condemned espionage charge.

The two former reporters, Uon Chhin and Yeang Sothearin, were arrested in November 2017 for alleged espionage and released on bail in 2018. The Phnom Penh Municipal Court tried the case in August, but instead of delivering a verdict, the judge in October asked for additional investigation into hard disks recovered from them.

The Appeal Court, in a document dated November 25 and accessed by VOA Khmer, will consider a challenge to the lower court judge’s decision on January 20, 2020, according to a summons issued by prosecutor Nget Sarath. The two former reporters had filed the appeal on October 14, 2019, shortly after the Phnom Penh court’s decision on October 3.

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