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King pardons four Boeng Kak land activists

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Ms. Tep Vanny has been released from jail tonight. Fresh News

King Norodom Sihamoni today granted pardon to four Boeng Kak land activists who were convicted over inciting violence and obstructing public officials under aggravating circumstances.

According to the royal decree, the King granted the pardon to Tep Vanny who has been jailed for two years for inciting violence at a protest in 2016.

The King also granted pardon to three other Boeng Kak land activists, Heng Mom, Bo Chhorvy and Kong Chantha who were convicted of obstructing public officials under aggravating circumstances.

Ms Vanny was arrested in 2016 and was convicted last year for inciting violence at the protest in 2016.

A judge sentenced her to 30 months in prison and ordered her to pay $2,250 in compensation to two security guards who sustained injuries during the protest.

During the incident, Ms Vanny and other activists from the Boeng Kak community tried to deliver a petition about their land dispute to Prime Minister Hun Sen. However, the violence broke out with security forces and multiple protesters suffered injuries.

Adhoc’s senior investigator Soeng Sen Karuna hailed the release of Ms Vanny so that she could reunite with her family.

“We welcome this information,” Mr Sen Karuna said “We, local and international community, have asked for her release since she was arrested.”

According to Mr Sen Karuna, Ms Mom, Ms Chhorvy and Ms Chantha have been released on bail.

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