Cambodian court bars release of Khmer Bible editor

Lawyers for Theary Seng have sought her freedom while her appeal against a 6-year prison term is heard.

A Cambodian appeal court has refused a request for the release of prominent Christian activist Theary Seng who was jailed for six years in June for plotting to overthrow Prime Minister Hun Sen and his government.

Lawyers sought her release while an appeal to overturn the conviction was heard but Judge Yun Narong declined the request saying, “the court decides not to allow the defendant Seng Theary to be freed” because correct legal procedures had been followed.

Her imprisonment has outraged human rights groups and she was not in court after being moved from Phnom Penh’s notorious Prey Sar prison to another prison in Preah Vihear in the remote north. Friends and relatives have told UCA News she is fit and well.

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