CNRP Youth Leaders Released On Bail

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CNRP youth leaders seen leaving prison this morning (KT Photo: Ban Chork).

By Cecelia Marshall for The Khmer Times

PHNOM PENH, Aug 22 (Khmer Times) – Three CNRP youth leaders were granted bail this morning, ending their 20-day incarceration on charges of inciting violence and plotting insurrection.

Police arrested Khin Chamreun, San Kimhen, and Neang Sokhun in Kandal Province on August 2 on charges related to an opposition rally held on July 15 in Phnom Penh’s Freedom Park. The three CNRP youth leaders were transferred to Phnom Penh’s Correctional Center One, where they have been held without visitation rights for 20 days.

Earlier today, Phnom Penh Municipal Court ordered that the three activists be granted provisional release after posting bail, set at $1,000 each. The three CNRP members will remain under judicial supervision, as the charges against them have not been dropped.

Mr. Chamreun was accused of inciting and instigating violence, and conspiring with eight other CNRP leaders to foment insurrection. Mr. Kimhen and Mr. Sokhun were also charged with carrying out acts of violence and obstructing public officials.

The three opposition youth leaders are undergoing questioning ahead of their release, according to their lawyer. Their court papers are expected to be released this evening once CNRP attorneys finish processing them.

Five other CNRP members arrested on charges stemming from the same July 15 opposition rally are scheduled to appear for questioning before the Phnom Penh Municipal Court in the coming weeks.

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