Cambodian court upholds jail term for land rights activist

Cambodian protesters hold a portrait of Beoung Kak lake resident representative Tep Vanny (right), during a demonstration outside the Appeals Court in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Tuesday. (EPA photo)

PHNOM PENH -- A Cambodian court on Tuesday upheld a 2½-year prison term against a prominent land rights activist accused of inciting violence at a protest she helped lead outside of Prime Minister Hun Sen's residence, as dozens of her supporters outside conducted a “cursing ceremony” against national leaders and judges.

Tep Vanny was convicted in late February of aggravated intentional violence from the March 2013 protest, in which several government security personnel were hurt. The Appeal Court on Tuesday concluded that the trial followed legal procedures.

Wearing an orange prison uniform, Tep Vanny condemned the decision as an “injustice".

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