Ratanakiri Provincial Court has dropped the charges against two former The Cambodia Daily journalists after the plaintiff decided to withdraw the complaint.
Their lawyer Sek Sophoan said that the court dropped the charges, taking into account the plaintiff’s and his clients’ answers during the prosecution.
He described the verdict as fair to his clients, saying: “The Trial Chamber has ruled that Zsombor Peter and Aun Pheap have been acquitted and given justice,” Sophoan said.
Sophoan said that the Ratanakiri Provincial Court made this decision after the plaintiff, Romam Yuot, decided to withdraw the complaint.
He said Yuot was the former Pate commune chief of the Sam Rainsy Party between 2012 and 2017.
“I think dropping the charges is giving me justice and I’m very happy,” Pheap said.
Ratanakiri Provincial Court had previously charged Pheap, a Cambodian, and Zsombor, a Canadian, with “inciting to commit a crime”.
The allegations came after the two journalists
interviewed residents of Pate commune in O’Yadav district, in August 2017 in connection with the commune council elections.