Christian missionary granted bail in Cambodia on third attempt

Australian Martin Chan says he was well treated but feared being jailed indefinitely.

A Christian missionary who worked as a volunteer in Cambodia has been released on bail by a Phnom Penh court amid bitter wrangling over plans to build a multi-million-dollar school for 1,000 bilingual students.

Martin Chan, 49, was greeted with hugs from family, friends and supporters who packed the court as a bench of three judges announced their decision on Feb. 7.

“Now I just want to go home with my wife,” he said after spending three months in Kandal Provincial Prison sharing a cramped cell with 90 inmates.

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