Cambodian Court Rejects Request to Drop Reinvestigation of Former RFA Reporters

A court in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh on Monday rejected an appeal by two former RFA reporters to drop a reinvestigation into pornography charges against them, while the pair also await a decision on whether authorities will proceed with a further investigation into accusations of espionage.

Yeang Sothearin and Uon Chhin, who had worked as stringers for RFA’s Khmer Service, were taken into custody in November 2017 and charged with “illegally collecting information for a foreign source” after RFA closed its bureau in the capital in September that year.

Production of pornography, bringing a possible prison term of five to seven years, was later added to the charges filed against them.

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