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PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA

Human rights defender and prisoner of conscience Mam Sonando, along with Touch Ream and Khan Sovann are expected to be freed from jail on Friday 15th March after the court announced changes to Sonando’s offenses, and reduced sentences to time served for all.

The three were sentenced last year to 20, five and three years in jail, respectively, for inciting an alleged secessionist movement in Kratie after a land-grab related incident which led to the death of a 14 year-old girl. After a day and half hearing, the court announced the verdict will be given on March 14th.

 

Read Amnesty International press release.

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Villagers from Kandal province prepare last minute details for the trip to support Mam Sonando in Phnom Penh. Mar 14 2013. ©Erika Pineros

Villagers from Kandal province prepare last minute details for the trip to support Mam Sonando in Phnom Penh. Mar 14 2013. ©Erika Pineros

 

From 4:30am, a truck picked up villagers from Kandal province to travel to the Appeal Court in Phnom Penh to support Mam Sonando. Mar 14 2013. ©Erika Pineros

 

From 4:30am, a truck picked up villagers from Kandal province to travel to the Appeal Court in Phnom Penh to support Mam Sonando. Mar 14 2013. ©Erika Pineros

 

A villager from Kandal province holds a flyer from the opposition party, Cambodia National Rescue Party on the trip by truck Phnom Penh to support Mam Sonando. Mar 14 2013. ©Erika Pineros

 

Villagers supporters of Mam Sonando travel to Phnom Penh. Mar 14 2013. ©Erika Pineros

 

Mam Sonando supporters get ready for the demonstration outside the Appeal Court in Phnom Penh. Mar 14 2013. ©Erika Pineros

 

Huon Pannary, secretary for the Association of Democrats, distributes t-shirts to Mam Sonando’s supporters in front of the Appeal Court in Phnom Penh. ©Erika Pineros

 

Relieved, wives and families of Sonando’s co-convicted Touch Ream and Khan Sovann wait outside the court’s room after finding out the reduced sentence verdict. Mar 14 2013. ©Erika Pineros

 

A monk celebrates with demonstrators after Mam Sonando, Touch Ream and Khan Sovann’s verdicts were given. All three had their sentences cut to time served and are due to be released from jail. Mar 14 2013. ©Erika Pineros

 

A triumphant Mam Sonando can be seen in a police truck leaving the Appeal Court back to prison. Sonando and two others had their sentences cut to time served and are due to be released from jail on Friday 15th March 2013. Mar 14 2013. ©Erika Pineros

 

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To see related posts go to:
Await verdict, Bail Denied, Sonando’s trial Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 & Day 4