Jailed RFA reporters released on bail

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Two former Radio Free Asia reporters. KT/ Mai Vireak

Phnom Penh Municipal Court today released on bail two former RFA reporters who were jailed on espionage charges last tear.

According to court spokesman Y Rin, the court decided to release Oun Chhin and Yieng Sotherin.

“The investigating judge has decided to release them on bail and they are now free from prison,” Mr Rin said, declining to comment further.

Mr Chhin and Mr Sothearin were arrested in Phnom Penh’s Marady Hotel on November 14 and accused of espionage for sending reports to the United States.

Multiple bail requests were previously shot down by the courts, including the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

In May, Phnom Penh Municipal Court extended the pre-trial detention of the pair for six months for investigations to continue. They were being detained at Prey Sar prison awaiting trial.

The men worked for RFA’s Khmer-language service until the US-funded media outlet shut its Phnom Penh bureau on September 12 last year, citing government repression and the forced closure of its FM radio broadcasts.

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