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Supreme Court Again Delays Decision on Unionist Murder

The Supreme Court on Wednesday delayed a verdict against a man
accused of murdering a labor activist, putting off a decision as the
UN’s special envoy for human rights is in Cambodia to assess the courts.
U.N. special rapporteur Surya Subedi walks through a Cambodian national
flag upon his arrival in a conference room at the U.N. headquarter in
Phnom Penh, in 2010.
Surya Subedi, the human rights special representative for the UN
secretary-general, is on a 10-day mission that began Tuesday. He
arrived at the Supreme Court early Wednesday morning, only to witness a
decision delayed for the second time.
Judges said they would announce a decision on March 2 in the case
against Thach Saveth, who is accused of the 2004 murder of Ros
Sovanareth, the head of a factory union.
Rights group say Thach Saveth’s case lacks evidence and that he is
likely not the killer. Thach Saveth has said he is innocent and has an
 “The Supreme Court was “too busy” to present a decision.”
Chea Mony, president of the Free Trade Union of the Workers in the
Kingdom of Cambodia, said Thach Saveth had not received a fair trial
and that the postponement of the decision was due to the arrival of
Subedi at the court.
No judge announced the reasons for the decision on Wednesday
morning. Instead a court clerk appeared to announce to the courtroom
that the Supreme Court was “too busy” to present a decision.
Government spokesman Phay Siphan said the delay was not due to
Subedi’s visit. The court has its own “priority” in issuing a decision
or not, he said.
Huon Phall, the 49-year-old mother of the defendant, told VOA Khmer
she believed her son to be innocent and wanted the court to “finish
this case.”
Am Sam Ath, head investigator for the rights group Adhoc, said the
case echoed that of Born Samnang and Sok Samoeun, two men who were
jailed for five years for the murder of Chea Vichea but who were widely
considered innocent. They were both released on bail after a Supreme
Court decision in 2009 that requires a retrial by the Appeals Court.
Ros Sovannareth, a factory representative for the Free Trade Union,
was killed in May 2004, less than three months after the murder of Chea
Vichea, the president of the same union.
VOA Khmer
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