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14 Nov 2022

Author:
Keat Soriththeavy, VOD

Cambodia: Phnom Penh Court question two Naga World's unionists following criminal complaint filed by company

"Two NagaWorld Protesters Questioned in Court, but Crime Still Unclear", 14 November 2022

Two NagaWorld unionists have been questioned in the Phnom Penh Municipal Court over breaking and entering, intentional damage and unlawful confinement — but they still don’t know what the casino company is accusing them of, they said.

Protesters Sok Sothavuth and Net Chakriya appeared at the court for questioning ..., Sothavuth in the morning and Chakriya in the afternoon, as around 40 casino protesters stood outside in support.

NagaWorld workers have protested since December over mass layoffs that they say targeted union members and leaders, facing arrest and violence over 10 months of labor action...

Sothavuth said she received her summons ..., and spent around 30 minutes during the morning being questioned by a prosecutor.

She was shown “evidence” of her crime ... printed-out photographs showing her standing outside the NagaWorld casino building with other protesters.

“There are pictures, but nothing aside from us striking in front of Naga. It’s like a picture of us standing over there every day,” Sothavuth said.

... Ros Bunleng, a manager at NagaWorld, could not be reached ... NagaCorp has not clarified what the court case is about.

Chakriya, who was questioned in the afternoon, said a court clerk and prosecutor questioned her in succession, but neither had presented any photos of her. They simply asked what happened ..., she said.

Chakriya said she had replied it was a normal protest: The strikers stood in front of NagaWorld with banners, then went home...

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