Boe­ung Kak ac­tivists await rul­ing

The Phnom Penh Post - - NATIONAL -

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.

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