The Supreme Court yesterday upheld the 15-year conviction of Chhoeun Chanthan, a former high-ranking military official and chief bodyguard to former Senate President Chea Sim sentenced for a litany of crimes.
Presiding judge Khim Ponn said Mr Chanthan, 46, a Royal Cambodian Armed Forces lieutenant general, was sentenced in 2011 by a military court for “breach of trust, intentional destruction and embezzlement of state properties, illegal distribution of weapons, destroying military materials and lacking leadership and management.”
Judge Ponn said that in 2014, Mr Chanthan was convicted by a military court to 26 years in prison. He appealed the military court’s judgement and had his sentence reduced to 15 years in 2015.
“The Supreme Court noted the Appeal Court already reduced his sentence from 26 years to 15 years,” Judge Ponn said. “Therefore, the Supreme Court has denied his request and decided to uphold the judgement of the Appeal Court.”
Mr Chanthan was seeking an early release, on the grounds he had served seven of the 15 years with good behaviour.
According to a military police report, Mr Chanthan was arrested in August 2011 along with his three bodyguards at his luxury residence in Boeng Keng Kang III commune in Phnom Penh’s Chamkarmorn district.
Military police seized weapons including one Chinese-made machine gun with three cases of ammunition, five pistols, one AK-47 rifle, as well as another machine gun and more than 1,400 bullets.
Hundreds of items of military clothing and other military material were also taken from his house.