This morning the Phnom Penh Appeal Court heard the appeal against denial of bail for activist monks Venerable Khith Vannak and Venerable Sang Kosal. The hearing which was closed to the public lasted just 15 minutes and a decision on bail will not be announced until January 9 at 8am. Both monks were defrocked following their arrest and are currently held in pre-trial detention in CC1 prison.
The two monks were arrested on November 12, 2014, while carrying national and religious flags attached to bamboo flag poles in support of land activists from Preah Vihear province. They have been charged with participation in a criminal association (Criminal Code article 499) and face up to five years in prison and $2,500 in fines if found guilty.
Following the short hearing more than 100 monks, land activists and rights workers protested in front of the court calling for the two monks to be released.
- Statement: LICADHO Calls for the Release of the 18 Men and Women Wrongfully Imprisoned in Prey Sar’s CC1 and CC2 Prisons (2014-12-08)