Kong Sam An’s wife and two daughters were already on the verge of tears as they watched a judge sentence him to seven years in prison on Tuesday. Or was it two years? Or maybe five? Were any years suspended? Without a lawyer there, the family said they weren’t sure.
They watched as Sam An, an ex-CNRP official, was driven away from the courthouse in a prison van, holding up two hands, maybe seven fingers, apparently trying to inform his family of the years he would be locked up.
In distress, the family walked over to speak to the father of another defendant in the same case — the man’s daughter was on the run and he was not allowed inside the courtroom — as well as to reporters, who were also denied entry. Monitors from rights group Licadho were also not allowed in.