The man who was convicted in absentia and arrested earlier this year for the murder of a garment factory union leader in 2007 appeared in court for the first time Tuesday to protest his innocence. Chan Sophon, 35, along with Long Vannak, 35, was at large when he was sentenced in March 2012 to 18 years in prison for killing Hy Vuthy, a Free Trade Union (FTU) leader at Phnom Penh’s Suntex factory who was shot to death in February 2007. Police arrested Mr. Sophon after he was identified while on a trip to Phnom Penh to visit
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