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Court to probe Vorn Pov’s Kem Sokha relationship

Taing Vida / Khmer Times Share:
Vorn Pov, in his office in Phnom Penh. Photo: FB Vorn Pov

Phnom Penh Municipal Court has summoned labour rights defender Vorn Pov to appear in court next week for questioning regarding his relationship with former opposition leader Kem Sokha.


“We have invited Vorn Pov to make an appearance on September 10 for questioning related to Kem Sokha’s treason charges,” Judge Ky Rithy said yesterday.

Mr Pov, who is president of Independent Democracy of Informal Economy Association, received the summons yesterday.

He said that he was told to prepare relevant documents and appear as a witness at 9am.

“I was shocked when I received the summons. I never had a connection with Kem Sokha. This is pretty annoying and it’s giving me pressure as I do not want to be involved in political matters,” Mr Pov said. “I had nothing to do with the opposition party, but I will show up in court.”

Mr Pov was among 23 people arrested in January 2014 and accused of a number of charges, including inciting violence and destruction of public property during a rally to demand better pay for garment workers.

Those arrested were given lengthy prison terms but were freed six months later.

Full story in Tuesday’s paper

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