Mother of Thong Sarath denied early release

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times No Comments Share:
Keo Sary at court. Supplied

Keo Sary, the mother of murder suspect Oknha Thong Sarath, was yesterday denied her request to be released from prison early.

Phnom Penh Municipal Court refused Ms Sary’s request to combine her two sentences, saying she must serve her full four-year term.

Ms Sary was convicted for bribing court officers in exchange for releasing her and her husband from Prey Sar prison in 2015.

She and her husband were arrested in relation to the case against their son, a former Defence Ministry official accused of murdering fellow tycoon Ung Meng Chue.

Judge Leang Samnath said Ms Sary had written to the court asking it to combine her sentences, which would allow her charges to run concurrently instead of consecutively.

The sentences against her were upheld by the Supreme Court in 2016, he added.

“Ms Sary has only served half of her prison time according to her sentences,” Mr Samnath said.

“Therefore the court denied the request to combine her sentences.”

Ms Sary is in prison serving two sentences, one two-year term for unauthorised weapon possession and another two-year term for bribery.

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