Cambodia rebukes US envoy’s statement on jailed unionist

Do not accuse without evidence, says the justice ministry citing a strong legal basis for Rong Chhun's conviction

The Cambodian justice ministry has taken a swipe at US ambassador Patrick Murphy for his statement on jailed unionist Rong Chhun.

Murphy had said the judicial system should not be used to silence peaceful activists. British ambassador Tina Redshaw made similar sentiments on Twitter, adding she was “seriously concerned and disappointed to hear [of the] sentencing of Rong Chhun.”

“Any party who wants to help the convict should participate in the court proceedings and give a strong testimony. Do not accuse without any evidence,” Chin Malin, spokesperson for the justice ministry, said on Aug. 18.

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