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Unionist Rong Chhun leaves the Supreme Court in Phnom Penh after attending an appeal hearing on November 11, 2020, in this photograph posted to Chhun’s Facebook page.

During Bail Appeal, Unionist Rong Chhun Shut Down for Raising Politics

Prominent unionist Rong Chhun, whose July arrest over comments he made about the Vietnam border sparked a series of protests, on Wednesday appealed for bail in the Supreme Court, but was shut down by judges for asking the court to “not be politically influenced.”

Authorities prevent protesters from marching to the Japanese Embassy in Phnom Penh to submit a petition calling for the release of jailed unionist Rong Chhun on August 24, 2020. (Hy Chhay/VOD)

Appeal Court Rejects Rong Chhun’s Bail Request

The Appeal Court on Wednesday upheld a lower court decision to arrest and jail unionist Rong Chhun over his claims that Cambodia had ceded land to Vietnam, denying him release on bail as his supporters continued to rally outside the court.

Khmer Win Party president Suong Sophorn speaks to reporters at a rally in support of unionist Rong Chhun outside the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on August 13, 2020. (Khan Leakhena/VOD)

Police Arrest Politician Over Support for Border Comments

Police on Friday arrested a minor party president over “exaggerations” related to a detained unionist’s comments on border demarcations, at least the 12th arrest made over the past two weeks in relation to the controversy.