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10 Jan 2023

Pa Sokheng, VOD

Cambodia: NagaWorld union's leaders who are on bail request court to detail them their bail conditions after one of their leaders is re-arrested for alleged bail violations

"NagaWorld Unionists Ask Court to Tell Them Their Bail Conditions", 10 January 2023

Six NagaWorld union members want the Phnom Penh court to tell them the exact conditions under which they were given bail, after union president Chhim Sithar was arrested ... for allegedly violating a court-ordered travel ban.

The union members — Chhim Sokhorn, Klaing Soben, Ry Sovandy, Sun Sreypich, Hay Sophea and Touch Sereymeas — submitted a letter to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court ... asking for the court to list the exact bail conditions under which they were released from jail...

However, Sithar was arrested and sent to prison ... after returning from a labor conference in Australia. The court later said she had violated bail conditions and was not allowed to leave the country without informing the court. Sithar lawyers said they were unaware of the restriction on her movements, and her union colleagues said she had previously made a trip overseas and had returned without issue.

Sokhorn, who is the elected vice president of the union, said she wanted to know if there were any restrictions on her activities. After 10 months since their release, Sokhorn said the court had not given them a document listing the bail conditions.

“They only put the ban but didn’t let us know what conditions are in the ban,” she said. “So when we want to do something and we do it, we don’t know if it is against the ban.”

... Y Rin, Phnom Penh Municipal Court spokesperson, said the court had received the workers’ request and the judge contacted their lawyer to collect the order putting them under court supervision...