Top Court Denies Bail for CNRP Official, Activist

The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld previous decisions to deny bail to CNRP information department chief Meach Sovannara, who was jailed in November on insurrection charges relating to a July protest led by the opposition that erupted into a brawl between demonstrators and municipal security guards.

Supreme Court Judge Oeung Sieng announced the decision to keep Mr. Sovannara, a dual U.S. and Cambodian citizen, behind bars.

CNRP activist Ouk Pich Samnang, left, and CNRP official Meach Sovannara are escorted into a police van Wednesday after their bail hearing at the Supreme Court. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)
CNRP activist Ouk Pich Samnang, left, and CNRP official Meach Sovannara are escorted into a police van Wednesday after their bail hearing at the Supreme Court. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

“The Supreme Court understands that the verdict on December 12, 2014, of the Appeal Court was correct,” Judge Sieng said.

After the hearing, Mr. Sovannara again insisted that he had played no part in the violence, and that the charges against him were purely political.

“There were about 50 people or 60 people [taking part in the protest], so how can it be an insurrection?” he said.

The Supreme Court also denied bail Wednesday to CNRP activist Ouk Pich Samnang, who was imprisoned last year for ramming a police barricade with his tuk-tuk during a separate protest.

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