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Yorm Bopha? She’s free, but if you thought it was over…

If you thought Yorm Bopha’s case would be over you’d better think twice. The land rights activist and Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience who was jailed on what human rights observers say were trumped up charges to punish her for her militantism, appeared in front of the Supreme Court this morning for her last appeal. The verdict fell just before noon: free on bail and the case is sent back to the Court of Appeal for further investigation.

Several hundred of supporters and monks gathered in front of the courthouse during the appeal trial.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 22/11/2013: Yorm Bopha, land rights activist, upon her arrival at the Supreme Court for her last appeal.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 22/11/2013: Yorm Bopha, land rights activist, upon her arrival at the Supreme Court for her last appeal.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 22/11/2013: Monks and son of land rights activist Yorm Bopha due to appear at the Supreme Court for her last appeal, march to ask for her release.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 22/11/2013: Monks and son of land rights activist Yorm Bopha due to appear at the Supreme Court for her last appeal, march to ask for her release.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 22/11/2013: Supporters readying themselves to demonstrate for the release of Yorm Bopha, land rights activist, appearing at the Supreme Court for her last appeal.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 22/11/2013: Supporters readying themselves to demonstrate for the release of Yorm Bopha, land rights activist, appearing at the Supreme Court for her last appeal.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 22/11/2013: Supporters demonstrating for the release of Yorm Bopha, land rights activist, appearing at the Supreme Court for her last appeal.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 22/11/2013: Supporters demonstrating for the release of Yorm Bopha, land rights activist, appearing at the Supreme Court for her last appeal.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 22/11/2013: Monks and son of land rights activist Yorm Bopha due to appear at the Supreme Court for her last appeal, march to ask for her release.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 22/11/2013: Monks and son of land rights activist Yorm Bopha due to appear at the Supreme Court for her last appeal, march to ask for her release.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 22/11/2013: Street child begging money from monks supporting Yorm Bopha, land rights activist, appearing at the Supreme Court for her last appeal.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 22/11/2013: Street child begging money from monks supporting Yorm Bopha, land rights activist, appearing at the Supreme Court for her last appeal.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 22/11/2013: Mother praying for the release of her daughter Yorm Bopha, land rights activist, appearing at the Supreme Court for her last appeal.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 22/11/2013: Mother praying for the release of her daughter Yorm Bopha, land rights activist, appearing at the Supreme Court for her last appeal.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 22/11/2013: Lotus flower petals which will be strewn by monks on supporters demonstrating for the release of Yorm Bopha, land rights activist, appearing at the Supreme Court for her last appeal.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 22/11/2013: Lotus flower petals which will be strewn by monks on supporters demonstrating for the release of Yorm Bopha, land rights activist, appearing at the Supreme Court for her last appeal.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 22/11/2013: Monk meditating in front of the Supreme Court where Yorm Bopha, land rights activist, is appearing for her last appeal.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 22/11/2013: Monk meditating in front of the Supreme Court where Yorm Bopha, land rights activist, is appearing for her last appeal.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 22/11/2013: Monks, with But Bunthen at the front row, and Voann Pov from the Informal Union, in front of the Supreme Court where Yorm Bopha, land rights activist, is appearing for her last appeal.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 22/11/2013: Monks, with But Bunthen at the front row, and Voann Pov from the Informal Union, in front of the Supreme Court where Yorm Bopha, land rights activist, is appearing for her last appeal.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 22/11/2013: Yorm Bopha, land rights activist, at the Supreme Court during a recess for her last appeal.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 22/11/2013: Yorm Bopha, land rights activist, at the Supreme Court during a recess for her last appeal.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 22/11/2013: Yorm Bopha, land rights activist, after she was freed on bail and the case was sent back to the appeals court for further investigation by the Supreme Court.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 22/11/2013: Yorm Bopha, land rights activist, after she was freed on bail and the case was sent back to the appeals court for further investigation by the Supreme Court.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 22/11/2013: Supporters cheering Yorm Bopha, land rights activist, after she was freed on bail by the Supreme Court and the case was sent back to the appeals court for further investigation.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 22/11/2013: Supporters cheering Yorm Bopha, land rights activist, after she was freed on bail by the Supreme Court and the case was sent back to the appeals court for further investigation.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 22/11/2013: Tep Vanny, land rights activist, addressing the cheering supporters of Yorm Bopha, a land rights activist who was freed on bail by the Supreme Court and the case was sent back to the appeals court for further investigation.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 22/11/2013: Tep Vanny, land rights activist, addressing the cheering supporters of Yorm Bopha, a land rights activist who was freed on bail by the Supreme Court and the case was sent back to the appeals court for further investigation.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 22/11/2013: Supporters cheering Yorm Bopha, land rights activist, after she was freed on bail by the Supreme Court and the case was sent back to the appeals court for further investigation.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 22/11/2013: Supporters cheering Yorm Bopha, land rights activist, after she was freed on bail by the Supreme Court and the case was sent back to the appeals court for further investigation.

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This is a follow-up post on the ‘Quest for Land‘ story which is available as an iApp on iTunes and which reports on land issues in Cambodia since the year 2000 with texts by Robert Carmichael and over 700 photographs.

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