Cambodian murder 'scapegoats' freed
PHNOM PENH (AP) - Two Cambodian men wrongly convicted for the 2004 murder of a prominent opposition activist walked free on Thursday, one day after the country's Supreme Court ordered their release.
The court's decision to drop all charges came amid renewed calls to free the men, whom leading international rights groups have called "scapegoats" in the murder of Chea Vichea and one of many examples of the country's corrupt judicial system.
Chea Vichea was the leader of Cambodian's largest labor union, the Free Trade Union of Workers, and an outspoken critic of government corruption and human rights abuses.
He was gunned down in broad daylight on Jan 22, 2004, at a roadside newsstand in the Phnom Penh after having received numerous death threats for his work as a labor organiser.