A government official denied allegations made by unionist Rong Chhun that farmers in Tbong Khmum province had lost agricultural land during border demarcation activities, as the trial of the union leader and two others resumed at a Phnom Penh court.
The Supreme Court denied a bail application from Rong Chhun on Wednesday, as a lower court announced a trial date for the prominent unionist to face the charge of incitement for comments made about the demarcation of the Vietnam and Cambodia border.
A group of activists are continuing to protest for the release of prominent union leader Rong Chhun despite a warning from Prime Minister Hun Sen last week that there would be more arrests if the border issue is raised.
The Phnom Penh Municipal Court charged three activists and former officials of the opposition CNRP with incitement to disturb social security for their involvement in protests supporting union leader Rong Chhun, who was also charged with incitement this month, according to a police official.
A government spokesman has said that nongovernmental organizations and activists have no right to interfere in the nation’s border affairs after union leader Rong Chhun’s arrest on July 31 led to calls from civil society groups and his supporters that he be freed.