of injustice in
Judge Thou Mony Wednesday conducted
a closed hearing with Cleghorn and three of the five women who brought the
original complaints in attendance, as well as representatives from the
non-governmental organizations which supported them through the legal
No witnesses for Cleghorn appeared. The court did not give a reason for that exclusion.
Judge Mony adjourned the hearing after about three hours of testimony and reserved his judgement until July 10.
Since his arrest, Cleghorn has maintained he has been framed by powerful interests who want his valuable land on the edge of the Angkor Wat temple complex in the northern tourist hub of Siem Reap.
Shortly before the court was closed to the public Wednesday, Cleghorn reiterated his allegations to the new appeal judge Mony and claimed a local women's group, the Cambodian Women's Crisis Center (CWCC), had incited local women to come forward and make claims against him with promises of financial gain.
The CWCC has consistently denied
the charges, calling them ridiculous. CWCC founder Oung Chanthol was awarded
an honour for her work by the