Group Denied Bail Due To ‘Serious’ Charges

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Tuesday denied a bail request from eight members of the Khmer National Liberation Front (KNLF), a political advocacy group that opposes the ruling CPP, due to the serious nature of the charges against them.

The eight were arrested in October before a planned protest outside the Vietnamese Embassy and subsequently charged with plotting to overthrow the government and inciting violence.

Presiding Judge Chea Sok Hieng on Tuesday upheld a decision to keep the men in prison ahead of their trial later this month.

“Plotting is a serious crime…so the request by defendants’ lawyer, Choung Choungy, to deposit money for bail is rejected,” he announced to the court. The defendants reacted by shouting “injustice” as they were escorted from the courtroom.

“I did nothing wrong…I will not flee anywhere,” said Lat Liheng, 22. Mr. Choungy vowed to appeal the decision.

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