Cambodian Court Releases Mother of Infant Who Died While Held With Her in Pretrial Detention

A Cambodian court has released from prison the mother of a five-month old girl who died while being held with her at a correction facility in the capital Phnom Penh, a rights group said Friday, while an investigation into the incident continues.

Tevy—whose name has been changed to hide her identity—died on Jan. 26 from “pneumonia and severe malnutrition” after sustaining a thigh bone fracture eight days earlier in Correctional Centre 2 (CC2), where her mother was sent for pre-trial detention in mid-2019 for alleged possession of U.S. $2.50 worth of methamphetamine while eight months pregnant.

On Feb. 25, after spending more than eight months in pre-trial detention, the mother was convicted of drug trafficking and handed a punishment of two years in prison, but was released by the presiding judge with a suspended jail term for the remainder of her sentence, the Cambodian Human Rights Committee (CHRC) said in a statement.

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