Court postpones decision on former RFA reporters’ appeal

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Yeang Sothearin waves hand while brought to municipal court last time. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The Court of Appeal today heard the appeal to nullify the detention of two former Radio Free Asia reporters, who remain jailed on espionage charges for allegedly sending reports to the United States.

Uon Chhin and Yeang 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.

Presiding Judge Phou Povsun announced that the verdict would be delivered next week. “The Appeal Court will announce the verdict on April 4, 2018,” he said, declining further comment.

Appeal court spokesman Touch Tharith could not be reached for comment on this case.

Mr Chhin and Mr Sothearin arrived at the Appeal Court at about 8:15am and were escorted by prison guards as the exited the van for the courtroom.

Keo Vanny, defence lawyer for Mr Chhin and Mr Sothearin, said by phone after the hearing that the presiding judge allowed his clients to give their appeal reasons during the hearing.

Full story on Wednesday’s paper

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