Cambodia: A union leader and three other unionists stand trial over factory's property damage charges pending since 7 years ago

Author: Sovuthy Khy, Khmer Times, Published on: 19 March 2019

"Pav Sina appears in court over property damage allegation", 19 March 2019

Phnom Penh Municipal Court ... began the trial of union leader Pav Sina, who is accused of being an accomplice in a labour protest in Por Senchey district seven years ago that reportedly damaged company properties.

..., Ocean garment factory workers, led by Mr Sina, president of the Collective Union of Movement of Workers, demanded answers from the company over alleged abuses of its employees.

The court then proceeded to charge Mr Sina for being an accomplice to intentional damage.

During the trial ..., Mr Sina said the company’s properties were not damaged during the protest.

“I am not satisfied with this charge because I was not involved,” he said, adding that he was there to demand answers from the company’s foreign manager over alleged sexual abuse of the company’s garment workers. “I request that the court drop the charge against my colleagues and I because we are not responsible. I hope that the court will provide justice to me.”...

Judge Im Vannak declined to comment ... and referred questions to court spokesman Y Rin, who also declined to comment. Deputy court prosecutor Heng Pheng could not be reached for comment ...

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Related companies: Ocean Garment