Appeal Court Rejects Rong Chhun’s Bail Request

The Appeal Court on Wednesday upheld a lower court decision to arrest and jail unionist Rong Chhun over his claims that Cambodia had ceded land to Vietnam, denying him release on bail as his supporters continued to rally outside the court.

Chhun, the president of the Cambodian Confederation of Unions and a representative of the border-focused advocacy group Cambodia Watchdog Council, was arrested on the evening of July 31, then charged with incitement to commit a felony and detained the next day over his statements about border markers between Tbong Khmum province and Vietnam.

Speaking to reporters after the closed-door hearing, defense lawyer Chuong Choungy said Appeal Court Judge Khun Leang Meng rejected Chhun’s bail request and petition against his provisional detention sentence.

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