The Court of Appeal on Wednesday upheld prison sentences of be*tween 15 and 17 years handed down to six men by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court in 2011 for forming an armed anti-government force known as the Sovanna Phum—or Golden Vil*lage—movement. Presiding Judge Plang Sam*nang said that the Appeal Court had decided to leave the men’s sentences unchanged. “[The Court of Appeal] upholds the Phnom Penh Municipal Court’s verdict and will continue to detain the defendants according to the law,” Judge Samnang said simply, without offering the reasoning behind his decision. The men—Chea Sarann, 51; Liv Soksovann, 51;
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