Cambodia’s highest court on Wednesday sent the case of a former translator for Russian state news outlet RT for retrial, while upholding a lower-court decision in a separate case against two journalists who had worked for U.S.-funded Radio Free Asia.
Presiding Judge Kim Sothavy decided to send the case of Rath Rott Mony — who worked as a translator and news fixer for a controversial RT documentary on child sex trafficking in Cambodia, “My Mother Sold Me” — back to the Appeal Court for retrial. In his decision, Sothavy said the Appeal Court did not provide sufficient support for upholding the Phnom Penh Municipal Court’s earlier decision.
“The Supreme Court sees that the Appeal Court’s previous decision is not right,” Sothavy said. “So we decided to accept the appeal from Rath Rott Mony, deny the verdict of the criminal chamber of the Appeal Court and send the criminal case of the Supreme Court to the Appeal Court for retrial.”