Trial begins for Mother Nature Cambodia activists on conspiracy charge

Ten environmental activists face up to a decade in prison as their trial gets underway in Cambodia on charges of plotting against the government.

The trial against Mother Nature Cambodia, one of the country’s last environmental activism groups, kicked off at the Phnom Penh Court of First Instance on the morning of May 29.

Ten environmental activists are on trial for allegedly plotting against the government, a charge that carries a prison sentence of between five and 10 years.

Of the 10, only five attended court, dressed in traditional Cambodian burial attire: Yim Leanghy, Ly Chandaravuth, Thun Ratha, Phuon Keoreaksmey and Long Kunthea.

Leanghy is among three Mother Nature Cambodia activists on trial for both plotting against the government and insulting the king.

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