CNRP Councilor Has Bail Request Rejected

A CNRP councilor arrested and imprisoned over his alleged role in a July opposition protest that turned violent was on Wednesday denied bail by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, his lawyer said.

Soum Vuthy, a councilor for Phnom Penh’s Chbar Ampov district, on September 29 became the 12th CNRP official to be sent to Prey Sar prison over the brawl, which occurred when opposition supporters fought back against club-wielding security guards at a protest to open Freedom Park that had been barricaded closed and manned by municipal police for six months.

All the CNRP officials sent to Prey Sar prison following the brawl have since been released on bail, but Mr. Vuthy was not given the same treatment Wednesday.

“I went to take the warrant to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court today, but the investigating judge denied to release my client,” Sam Sokong, Mr. Vuthy’s lawyer, said Wednesday. Mr. Sokong said a complaint would be filed with the Appeal Court today.

Mr. Vuthy is charged with participating in an insurrection, aggravated intentional use of violence, and violence against a public officer—crimes punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

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