Phnom Penh – The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Tuesday ordered two former journalists with Radio Free Asia freed on bail after they spent nine months imprisoned over murky allegations of committing “treason.”
The journalists, Oun Chhin and Yeang Sothearin, were arrested in November 2017 at a Phnom Penh hotel, accused of continuing to work for Radio Free Asia even after the news service abruptly shut down its Phnom Penh bureau amid a crackdown on independent media last year.
They denied the accusation, but were subsequently accused of committing treason by “supplying information to a foreign state,” a charge punishable by up to 15 years in prison, and have been detained at Phnom Penh’s Prey Sar prison ever since. Chhin was later charged with producing pornography after police allegedly uncovered lewd digital images during his arrest.
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