Land dispute activist handed suspended sentence

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on August 14 convicted a land rights activist of incitement to commit a felony and handed her a one-year suspended sentencefor her involvement in a long-running land dispute in Kampong Chhnang province.

The court sentenced Oum Sophy and former Lor Peang village chief Touch Ly in absentia, giving them each a one-year suspended jail term, a decision Sophy said was unjust.

Judge Tithsothy Borachath announced the verdict, finding Sophy and Ly guilty of inciting villagers to cultivate land belonging to agricultural company KDC, which is owned by Chea Kheng, wife of Minister of Mines and Energy Suy Sem.

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