The Court of Appeal yesterday upheld the lower court’s decision to continue the detention of two former Radio Free Asia reporters who remain jailed on espionage charges for allegedly sending reports to the United States.
Two former Radio Free Asia reporters, Uon Chhin and Yeang Sothearin, filed an appeal to nullify their detention because they said the procedure by the judicial police was wrong.
Presiding Judge Phou Povsun announced the verdict in absentia, saying that the Appeal Court upheld the decision of Phnom Penh Municipal Court to continue the detention of Mr Chhin and Mr Sothearin.
“The detention made by judicial police is legal in accordance with articles 95 and 379 of Criminal Code of Procedure,” according to lawyer Keo Vanny’s assistant, Oeun Hun, who attended the courtroom to listen to the verdict.
“Accused person Uon Chhin was detained for 42 hours and 35 minutes and Yeang Sothearin was detained for 42 hours and 5 minutes,” Mr Hun quoted Judge Phou Povsun as saying.
Mr Chhin and Mr Sothearin were arrested in Phnom Penh’s Marady Hotel on November 14 and accused of espionage. They are currently being detained at Prey Sar prison pending their trial.
On March 29, Phnom Penh Municipal Court also charged them with producing pornography.