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Court tries Mother Nature founder Gonzalez-Davisson

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Police deport Alejandro Gonzalez-Davisson. KT/Ven Rathavong

Koh Kong Provincial Court yesterday tried a Mother Nature co-founder accused of threatening to cause destruction in 2015.

Un Sovantheany, provincial court spokesman, yesterday said the court tried Alejandro Gonzalez-Davisson, a co-founder of NGO Mother Nature who was deported in 2015 over visa violations.

Prior to his deportation, Mr Gonzalez-Davisson was charged with being an accomplice in relation to threats to destroy property.

“The trial was in accordance with procedure,” Mr Sovantheany said. “The provincial court will announce a verdict on August 22.”

Sam Chamroeun, Mr Gonzalez-Davisson’s lawyer, yesterday said that he had requested the provincial court to delay the trial because he was busy with other cases.

However, the court denied his request and continued with the trial, leading to Mr Chamroeun leaving the court room.

“I will wait to hear the result on August 22, when the provincial court will announce its judgement,” Mr Chamroeun said. “Mr Alejandro has denied the allegation.”

Mr Gonzalez-Davisson, who did not attend the hearing, declined to comment yesterday.

Thun Ratha, a Mother Nature activist, said he did not know that the provincial court held the trial.

On April 25, Koh Kong Provincial Court issued a summons for Mr Gonzalez-Davidson to a court hearing on July 30.

Mr Gonzalez-Davidson, along with two other co-founders of Mother Nature, was charged over repeated obstruction to sand-dredging activities in the province.

The offence were allegedly committed in the Prek Andong Toek area in Botum Sakor district’s Andong Toek commune in July and August 2015.

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