Cambodian Land Activist Freed, Journalists Granted Bail

Phnom Penh – A high-profile Cambodian land activist has been freed from prison and two jailed journalists granted bail following the ruling party’s domination of an effectively uncontested election late last month.

Tep Vanny, a celebrated resistance leader in Phnom Penh’s most notorious land dispute, was released from jail Monday night after receiving a pardon from Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni at the request of Prime Minister Hun Sen for a series of convictions totalling 36 months.

Three of her fellow Boeung Kak lake community activists, Heng Mom, Bo Chhorvy and Kong Chantha, also were pardoned from 2016 convictions in relation to a protest more than half a decade before.

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