Politics
Vehicles to transport defendants from the Phnom Penh Municipal Court to prison on February 4, 2021. (Ouch Sony/VOD)

Phone Taps Against Teachers Debated in CNRP Trial

Tapped private phone conversations were debated in court on Thursday as evidence of former opposition party members organizing a plan to topple the government, in the latest hearing in a series of ongoing trials against the outlawed CNRP.

The Civil Service Ministry in Phnom Penh on February 3, 2021 (Chorn Chanren/VOD)

Civil Service Ministry Getting Bigger, Eyes Boeng Tamok Lake Plot

The ministry overseeing salaries and promotions for the country’s more than 200,000 public servants is growing and needs more space, its spokesperson said, as the government granted 40,000 square meters of Boeng Tamok lake to build a new headquarters.

Sim Vuthy (front left), deputy director of the Interior Ministry’s anti-terrorism department, and other officials leave the Phnom Penh Muncipal Court on January 29, 2021. (Ouch Sony/VOD)

CNRP Speeches, Online Posts Shown as Evidence of Coup

Prosecutors on Friday showed statements, recorded speeches and social media posts from senior opposition leaders — including comments made during a meeting in Lowell, Massachusetts in 2019 — as evidence that nine defendants charged with attacking the government had planned a coup.

Chea Yamorn (left) and Prum Rath, defendants in a mass trial against 60 CNRP politicians and supporters, speak with reporters outside the Phnom Penh Muncipal Court after a hearing on January 28, 2021. (Ouch Sony/VOD)

CNRP Mass Trial Defendant Asked: ‘Who Is the Dictator?’

Phnom Penh Municipal Court judges on Thursday grilled opposition defendants in ongoing mass trials over the meaning of their social media posts, including how they defined the words “liberate,” “dictator,” “struggle” and “democracy.”

Seng Chanthorn, (second from right), holds a photo of her jailed husband, Sun Thun, while protesting with other women in front of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on September 25, 2020. They are calling for the release from prison of their spouses, all former CNRP officials. (Hy Chhay/VOD)

CNRP Mass Trials: The Cases and the Controversy

Six case files against 153 CNRP defendants, split into four trials, make up a web of ongoing prosecutions against the outlawed opposition’s senior leaders and grassroots supporters.

Sok Polyma protests outside the Phnom Penh Municipal Court in support of her husband, Khim Pheana, on October 9, 2020. (Hy Chhay/VOD)

CNRP Accused Complain Over Threat to Confess, Private Call as Evidence

Opposition members on trial at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Friday complained of being arrested at gunpoint without explanation; a private call and messages used as evidence for inciting social insecurity; being threatened to attest to their testimony; and their supposed testimony containing words they did not say.