Two former RFA reporters accused of “espionage” lost an appeal on Friday against court supervision, but learned that they will no longer have to show up at their local police station every month, in what their lawyer called a positive development despite the fact that their “freedom is not fully restored yet.”
Uon Chhin and Yeang Sothearin were taken into custody in November 2017 and charged with “illegally collecting information for a foreign source” under article 445 of the Criminal Code, an offense punishable by a prison term of 7 to 15 years.
While the pair were released on bail in August last year, the decision in March saw the two journalists placed under court supervision, which bars them from changing their addresses or traveling abroad, and required them to check in with their local police station once a month.
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