Banteay Meanchey Provincial Court has issued summonses for 10 people accused of incitement and damage to public property over a 2015 protest outside the Customs and Excise office in Poipet town that saw three workers and a security guard injured and eight vehicles damaged.
According to the summons, a trial for the case has been scheduled for Thursday, when unionist Mang Puthy and former Sam Rainsy Party deputy commune chief Chao Veasna are expected to face their charges along with eight others.
On May 25, 2015, a group of porters enraged over import taxes and a rumour that police had beaten one if their colleagues to death began hurling rocks and bricks at the office, leading to the injuries and property damages.
Mr Puthy, head of the Cambodian Informal Economic Workers Association, and Mr Veasna were accused of inciting the porters to use violence during their demonstration.
Mr Puthy has since been released on bail, along with the eight others, but Mr Veasna remains in pre-trial detention.
Mr Puthy said yesterday that he received the summons on Sunday and had not yet decided if he would ask for a postponement.
“I am looking for a lawyer to discuss this case with, because my previous lawyer has decided not to work on this case,” he said.
“So, let’s wait until the trial date is closer to know whether I will attend the hearing or request for a postponement.”
The other defendants could not be reached for comment yesterday.