Rong Chhun charged with incitement over border comments

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court has charged outspoken union leader Rong Chhun for incitement to commit a felony over comments he made about demarcation border posts between Cambodia and Vietnam, which the government has said is disinformation.

The charge comes after Radio Free Asia (RFA) aired a story on the evening of July 31 regarding the Cambodia-Vietnam border, in which Chhun is quoted saying that Vietnamese soldiers have invaded Cambodian territory and expelled villagers from their land in Tboung Khmum province’s Ponheakrek district.

Municipal court spokesman Kuch Kimlong said via telegram that Deputy Prosecutor Seng Heang had charged Rong Chhun and had passed on the case to the investigating judge.

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