Boeung Kak activists await ruling
TWO prominent Boeung Kak activists are set to see an end to their years-long legal struggle with a final verdict set to be delivered on October 5.
The Supreme Court had rejected their plea to restart an investigation into Daun Penh district security guards’ nighttime attack on lake residents, journalists and others in 2013 in Phnom Penh’s Wat Phnom.
The two plaintiffs in the case – 78-year-old Nget Khun, better known as Mummy, and Phan Chhunret, 60 – filed a court complaint in 2013 over an incident in which the Boeung Kak and Borei Keila communities were attacked by a group of men.
They were wearing masks and armed with slingshots, batons and cattle prods during a candlelight vigil in September that year. Eleven activists and a rights monitor required medical attention after the fray.
Several others, including reporters covering the rally, received minor injuries. The vigil was held amid rising tensions following the disputed 2013 national elections.