Old CNRP office will stay shut, court says

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A vendor sells outside the old Candlelight Party office in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district. Hong Menea

The Phnom Penh Appeal Court on Monday ruled that it will not give a former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) office back to its current owners, the Candlelight Party, due to its connection to complicated crimes.

According to the Appeal Court, 10 people are related to the case. Candlelight Party president Teav Vannol filed the complaint to take back the office rented to the CNRP.

The complaint came after the CNRP was outlawed by the Supreme Court and 10 security guards in the office were detained in 2019. The court released them on bail but they are still under investigation.

Judge Nil Nunn said on Monday that the former CNRP office in Chak Angre Leu commune, in Meanchey district, Phnom Penh, belongs to the Candlelight Party.

But the Candlelight Party will not be allowed to reopen the office.

“The Appeal Court upheld the verdict by not giving back the CNRP office to the Candlelight Party. This is the right thing to do as the office is related to complicated crimes which are now under the procedure of the court,” Vannol said.