Cambodia Judge Orders Re-Investigation of RFA Reporters’ Case

The judge in Cambodia’s trial of two former Radio Free Asia journalists on Wednesday called for a reinvestigation of the espionage and the production of pornography charges, a ruling that a rights expert said was “ridiculous and punitive” and showed the weakness of the case.

Trial judge Uy Vannak’s decision to order the investigating judge to re-investigate Yeang Sothearin and Uon Chhin’s passing of a hard drive to the U.S. embassy, the contents of a video, and a report about exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy resulted in the second postponement of a verdict first expected to be delivered Aug. 30.

“I am very disappointed by the court decision,” Sothearin told reporters outside the Phnom Penh court after a hearing observed by 30 observers, including U.S. embassy officials, UN human rights officers, local human rights monitors and local and international journalists.

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