Decade-Old Cases Finally Being Heard in Court Amid Speedup Campaign

Oum Sophy has been locked in a land dispute with a government minister’s wife since 2007, and had an incitement charge hanging over her since 2008 — one of more than 12,000 stalled cases that had been stuck in the country’s justice system.

Over the intervening decade, her house was bulldozed; she was forced to move and change jobs; and she clashed repeatedly with military and police while leading protests over the dispute in Kampong Chhnang province’s Lor Peang village.

Her court case was not resolved until last month, when the Phnom Penh Municipal Court finally handed her a guilty verdict and suspended one-year jail sentence, meaning she would not have to serve time in prison.

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