Trio Released; Five Protesters Remain in Jail

Three more protesters were released from T3 prison on Thursday, leaving five still in po­lice custody, Phnom Penh’s mu­nicipal police commissioner said.

The three released did not commit crimes as serious as the five others, said Neth Savoeun, municipal police commissioner.

Eight people had been preliminarily charged Wednesday with “using illegal weapons” such as slingshots during clashes bet­ween protesters and police.

Municipal court officials were not available Thursday to comment on the charges.

The three were “educated” be­fore being released, Neth Sa­voeun said. Tuesday evening 15 other protesters released also received “education”—se­ve­ral hours of questioning where the mostly teen-age pro­test­ers were urged to listen to their parents and not participate in demonstrations, Neth Sa­voeun­ said.

 

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