Cambodia: Phnom Penh Municipal Court drops charges of 'public insult and intentionally causing damage' against a union leader; six other unionists' charges remain

Author: Kimmarita Long, The Phnom Penh Post, Published on: 22 March 2019

"Charges against union leader Pav Sina dropped", 22 March 2019

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court … dropped the charges against Collective Union of Movement of Workers president Pav Sina, who had been accused by Ocean Garment Company Ltd of intentional vandalism during a protest ...

Investigating Judge Im Vannak decided Sina was not involved in the case, Sina told …

“This afternoon, the Phnom Penh lower court announced its verdict, dropping the charges against me of being an accomplice to intentional vandalism that had been lodged by the Ocean Garment company,” he said…

“What the judge announced, I am really happy about it and I think the judge will review the others’ cases and, if he considers them with utmost care, he will drop the charges,” Sina said.

The seven men were accused of “public insult and intentionally causing damage” after some 2,000 workers staged a protest at the Ocean Garment factory … in violation of Articles 307 and 410 of the Criminal Code…

One of the other six, Chheng Chhoan, told … that he applauded the court ruling and expected charges against him to be dropped.

He said the six would lodge an appeal against the ruling in the near future, after discussing it with lawyers.

“I have decided to appeal because the court delivered a fair judgment because we did not commit the offences we are charged with by Ocean Garment.”

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