Cambodia upholds espionage investigations into ex-Radio Free Asia reporters

A Cambodian appeals court today rejected a request made by two former Radio Free Asia reporters for state prosecutors to drop a reinvestigation of espionage charges pending against them, according to a report by their former employer.

Yeang Sothearin and Uon Chhin, respectively a former editor and videographer with the U.S. Congress-funded news outlet, made their appeals after a Phnom Penh Municipal Court judge last October ordered a reinvestigation of the charges on the basis he did not have enough evidence to rule on the case, CPJ documented at the time.

Sam Chamreoun, the reporters’ lawyer, was quoted in the Radio Free Asia report as saying that the ruling was delivered as a verbal statement, and that they have one month to appeal the decision.

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