U.S. Embassy Welcomes the Release of Human Rights Activists

U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh issued this morning a statement to welcome the release on bail of five human rights activists after they spent more than a year in pre-trial detention on bribery charges.

The U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh welcomes the release on bail of current and former officials from the Cambodian human rights non-governmental organisation ADHOC. This legal decision will reduce the burden on the defendants and their families as they address the charges that have been filed against them, said the embassy in the statement issued this morning on its Facebook page.

They are Mr. Ny Sokha, Mr. Nay Vanda, Mr. Yi Soksan and Ms. Lim Mony from ADHOC; and Mr. Ny Chakrya, a former ADHOC official and Deputy Secretary General of the National Election Committee.

They were released yesterday evening by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court. They were arrested after the Anti-Corruption Unit accused them for bribing in the case of sexual scandal against the President of the main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) H.E. Kem Sokha, who was then the Party Vice President. They were arrested in April 2016.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press