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Opposition activist loses second appeal

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times No Comments Share:
A file photo shows protesters staging a march. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Opposition activist Ouk Pich Samnang remains guilty of violence and obstruction for his role in an attempted march to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s house in 2014, according to the Supreme Court, which upheld a 2016 Appeal Court decision.

He was arrested in 2014 for ramming his tuk tuk into a security barricade in Daun Penh district and assaulting district security guards.

Six guards were seriously injured in the incident, five of whom testified against Mr Pich Samnang last September, saying they each had to spend $300 on treatment for injuries sustained in the assault.

Mr Pich Samnang, 53, was charged with “the act of violence with aggravating circumstances and obstruction of a public official”.

Yesterday, the Supreme Court upheld the convictions.

“The Supreme Court has understood that the judgment, which has been made by the Appeal Court, was right and was made in accordance with the laws,” said Presiding Judge Kim Sathavy.

“Therefore, the Supreme Court has decided to uphold the verdict.”

After the judgement, Mr Pich Samnang shouted inside the courtroom that the decision was an injustice for him.

“I did not commit any crime but you have convicted me,” he said.

“This court is just a tool of government leaders and the authorities. You did not find the truth and justice for me. You are biased for government leaders and authorities.”

Mr Pich Samnang, who is serving at least an eight-year sentence, added that he was the victim in the case.

“In this case, I was a victim of violence. I was beaten by security guards. The court and police should find justice for me,” he said.

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