Cambodian court reduces sentence for jailed union leader

PHNOM PENH (AFP) – An outspoken Cambodian union leader jailed for comments about the country’s border is expected to be released after a court reduced his sentence, his lawyer said.

Leader of the Cambodian Confederation of Unions Rong Chhun was arrested in July last year after accusing the government of “irregularities” over the demarcation of the eastern border with Vietnam.

Activists at the time said he had been targetted as part of premier Hun Sen’s crackdown on opposition voices.

Rong Chhun, who denies the charges against him, was sentenced to two years in jail
in August.

But an appeal court yesterday reduced his prison term to time already served, his lawyer Sam Sokong told AFP.