Cambodia’s Appeals Court Denies Bail for Union Leader Rong Chhun

The Cambodian Appeals Court Wednesday denied a bail request for detained union leader Rong Chhun, citing concerns that he might repeat the actions that led to his arrest if he were released, his lawyer told reporters after the ruling.

Rong Chhun was officially charged with “incitement to commit a felony or cause social unrest” under Article 495 of Cambodia’s Penal Code and jailed at Prey Sar Prison in Phnom Penh on Aug 1, a day after his arrest for claiming the government has allowed Vietnam to encroach on farmland along their shared border. His arrest has prompted nearly daily protests.

Defense lawyer Chhoung Chhou Ngy told reporters outside the courthouse in Phnom Penh that his client’s bail request was denied because the court wants to “finish this case while preventing repeated crimes.”

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