Deputy commune chief arrested
A deputy commune chief from the Sam Rainsy Party was yesterday charged for forging the National Election Committee’s (NEC) election observer documents last year.
Phnom Penh municipal police officer Chan Tha said that the suspect, 64-year-old Ly Sokun, was arrested yesterday afternoon and sent to Prey Sar prison for further investigation.
He was questioned over purportedly issuing letters and voter registration cards to opposition CNRP election observers without being officially registered or recognized by the NEC.
“After the prosecutor officially charged him, he was later arrested by police and sent to the court’s investigative judge and then to prison for further investigation ahead of his upcoming trial,” Mr. Tha said.
Mr. Sokun was charged with “forgery of public documents” under articles 626 and 629 of the Criminal Code. If found guilty, he faces between five and 10 years in jail. Deputy prosecutor Sin Vireak and Phnom Penh Municipal Court investigative judge Y Thavireak, both of whom are handling the case, could not be reached for comment.
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