The Ministry of Justice launched a campaign to reduce prison overcrowding and increasing logjam of cases at Cambodia’s courts by attempting to increase capacity at courts, accelerate trials and increase the use of bail and suspended sentences.
The campaign was announced on Monday and was touted as judicial reforms aimed at reducing the nearly 40,000 pending cases in the country, according to the Ministry of Justice. Of these cases, the ministry reported around 6,200 cases related to drug charges.
Newly-appointed Justice Minister Koeut Rith said the number of cases and inmates had increased on account of the government’s anti-drug campaign, which had resulted in an exponential increase in cases being sent to court.
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