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Kem Ley funeral committee members charged

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Pa Nguon Teang, one of the three people who fled the country. KT/Mai Vireak

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court has charged three former members of the funeral committee for slain political analyst Kem Ley with breach of trust.

According to a court warrant signed by deputy prosecutor Kuch Kimlong and issued on January 4 and sent to the investigating judge, the municipal court decided to open an investigation into the case and the deputy prosecutor decided to charge three people, monk But Buntenh, 37, Pa Ngoun Teang, 45, and Moeun Tola, 43, with breach of trust committed in Phnom Penh in 2016.

Two of the three have fled the country.

In September 2017 Pich Sros, the leader of the Cambodian Youth Party, filed a complaint against the three – the venerable But Buntenh, Pa Nguon Teang and rights worker Moeun Tola – over their handling of funds raised for the funeral and a stupa during the one-year anniversary ceremonies.

The second summons was issued in October and asked each person to appear for questioning over the breach of trust accusations on November 7 and 8 and was signed by deputy prosecutor Kuch Kimlong.

Full story in Friday’s paper.

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