Prominent activist Tep Vanny was questioned at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Thursday over charges stemming from her involvement in a 2013 protest outside Prime Minister Hun Sen’s mansion.
Ms. Vanny was arrested last month for leading a peaceful protest that called for a full investigation into the July murder of political analyst Kem Ley.
Boeng Kak activists protest outside the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Thursday as Tep Vanny is questioned inside. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)When she was brought before the municipal court, however, she was unexpectedly questioned over an intentional violence charge stemming from the 2013 demonstration.
Court spokesman Ly Sophana refused to give details of the questioning, saying only that Investigating Judge Nou Veasna would consider a bail request filed by her lawyer.
Outside the courthouse, some 20 members of Phnom Penh’s Boeng Kak community urged the prime minister to hand over footage of the 2013 protest captured by cameras outside his residence.
Ms. Vanny joined their call after questioning.
“I did not commit any violence,” she shouted. “Get the video and watch it.”
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