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Akira, et al., out on bail

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Oeun Yeak, better known as Akira, is the owner of the Cambodian Landmine Museum. Supplied

The founder/owner of the Cambodian Landmine Museum in Siem Reap, Oeun Yeak, the museum’s executive director, Heanh Sokunthea, and its deputy director, Yun, were released on bail and under court supervision.

All three were suspected of possessing illegal explosives and munitions and were detained for questioning in the aftermath of the fire last month (August) that led to the explosion of some of the museum’s exponents.

The directors of the Cambodian Landmine Museum who were arrested after an explosion at the facility. Photo: Swift News

Yin Srang, provincial court spokesman, announced they were released on September 20.

Ly Thuch, senior minister and vice president of the Cambodian Mine Action Authority greeted their release in the CMAA Management and Staff Forum on Friday (Sept. 21).  “The court decided to release our hero, Akira, and other two people,” he said, adding that it is good news for Cambodian deminers.

Akira’s devotion to demining and to the care of young victims of landmines garnered him the title CNN Hero in 2010.


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