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Land activist loses case in Supreme Court

Pech Sotheary / Khmer Times Share:
Land activist Tep Vanny being escorted to a court appearance. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The Supreme Court​​ on Wednesday upheld a lower court verdict against land activist Tep Vanny, who was convicted of violence involving security guards near Prime Minister Hun Sen’s house.

After questioning, Supreme Court judge Kim Sathavy said the decision of the Appeal Court was fair due to the legal procedure, so it was decided to reject Ms Vanny’s complaint and uphold the verdict of the Appeal Court.

Ms Vanny’s lawyer, Sam Sokunthea, said she regretted the decision and said her client had not acted as alleged.

Ms Vanny has spent nearly a year and half in jail after her conviction of intentional violence with aggravating circumstances and was given a two-and-half year jail term by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court.

During the incident, Ms Vanny and other women from the Boeung Kak community tried to deliver a petition about their land dispute to Mr Hun Sen, but violence broke out with security guards and multiple protesters suffered injuries.

Full story in Thursday’s paper.

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