Cambodian court to free 'scapegoats' in activist's death
PHNOM PENH (AP) - Cambodian rights groups say the Supreme Court has ordered the release of two men who were wrongly convicted and jailed for the 2004 murder of a prominent opposition activist.
Wednesday's decision to drop all charges in the case came amid renewed calls to free the men, whom international rights groups have called "scapegoats" in the murder of Chea Vichea.
Chea Vichea was the leader of a Cambodian labour union and an outspoken critic of government corruption. He was gunned down in January 2004 at a roadside news stand in the capital.
The investigation and trial that followed sparked local and international outcry.