On May 30, 2014, Phnom Penh Municipal Court has announced the verdict to release the 23. Mr. Vorn Pao, Theng Savoeurn, Chan Puthisak and other were arrested in early January this year. The accused were found guilty but with suspended sentences.
There were over 300 protesters overjoyed the announcement. The community members, families and civil society organization will move to CC1 (Prey Sor prison) this afternoon to welcome the 21 who will walk free with a few hours.
Human rights defenders Vorn Pao, Sambath Piseth, and Chan Puthisak were sentenced to four and half year imprisonment and Theng Savoeurn to four years for instigation of acts of violence. The six other individuals arrested at Yak Jin Factory on 2 January 2014 were sentenced to between two and half years’ and three years’ imprisonment. The 13 arrested on Veng Sreng street on 3 January 2014 all received sentences ranging from one to four years’ imprisonment. The two arrested at Stung Meanchey during a protest by SL Garment Factory workers on 12 November 2013, including a minor, were also convicted