At 8am this morning, January 26th 2015, over 100 people gathered outside of the Court of Appeal as they waited to hear the verdict for 11 of the imprisoned activists. Monks, urban poor community members, and other activists rallied in front of the gates with colorful balloons, lotus flowers, banners, and Cambodian flags.
Unfortunately, the Court chose to uphold the convictions, though some have received reduced sentences and fines. “In the first case, Tep Vanny’s sentence has been upheld with a reduced fine of $375. Song Srey Leap, Kong Chantha, Phan Chhunreth, Po Chorvy, and Nong Sreng have received reduced sentences of 10 months in prison with a $375 fine. Nget Khun received a reduced sentence of 6 months in prison and a $250 fine. In the second case, Heng Pich, Im Srey Touch, and Phoung Sopheap all had their convictions upheld with a reduced sentence of 10 months in prison and a fine of $375.Venerable Seung Hai had his conviction and sentence upheld” (LICADHO, January 26th 2015).