Phnom Penh (dpa) – Eleven activists from the Cambodia National Rescue
Party (CNRP) were convicted on charges of insurrection on Tuesday for
their role in a violent July 2014 protest, according to party
spokesman Yem Ponhearith.
Yem Ponhearith said the opposition party activists would try to
appeal the conviction that saw them sentenced to between seven and 20
years in prison by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court.
Those convicted include party official Meach Sovannara, a US passport
holder, who was charged with leading the insurrection and received a
The case concerns events on July 14, 2014, when some 500 activists
clashed with 100 security guards at Phnom Penh’s Freedom Park during
a tumultuous time in Cambodia.
The CNRP was in the midst of a political boycott over disputed
results of the 2013 national election that saw the long-ruling
Cambodian People Party’s nab a narrow victory.
The CNRP led a series of protests the year following the election,
during which time at least seven people died from gunfire during
clashes with security and police.