Cambodia’s Postponement of RFA Reporters’ Verdict, And Its Explanation, Disappoint

A Cambodian court’s last-minute postponement Friday of the announcement of a verdict in the trial of two former Radio Free Asia journalists left the reporters disappointed, and the government’s explanation for the delay failed to satisfy them or their supporters in the human rights community.

Ministry of Justice spokesman Chin Malin confirmed that presiding judge Im Vannak was busy attending a ministry workshop and postponed the announcement of verdict in the trial of Yeang Sothearin and Uon Chhin on charges of espionage and the production of pornography.

“In general, the delay of a verdict announcement without any reasonable excuse would affect defendants’ interests, but if there is reasonable excuse, the law permits it,” Chin Malin told RFA’s Khmer Service. He said the delay would not affect the case.

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