Former Takeo governor and three others charged with murder and concealment of evidence

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Police escorted a former Takeo provincial governor Lay Vannak to the court. DAP News

Phnom Penh Municipal Court today charged former Takeo provincial governor Lay Vannak and three others with murder and concealment of evidence over the death of his mistress.

Ly Sophanna, spokesman of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, said that the prosecutor charged Mr Vannak and his older brother Lay Narith, deputy provincial police chief, with murder and charged Men Samay, Mr Vannak’s dirver, and Choem Vuth, the husband of the maid who found the dead body, with concealment of evidence.

“The prosecutor decided to open the investigation and charged Lay Vannak and Lay Narith with murder based on article 199 of criminal code and charged Men Samay and Choem Vuth with concealment of evidence based on 532 article of criminal code,” Mr Sophanna said. “[The prosecutor] decided to hand over those people and cases to an investigating judge to continue to take action in compliance with procedures.”

Mr Samay, a driver of Mr Vannak, has claimed that Mr Vannak killed his mistress Chev Sovathana, a National Assembly staffer and member of CPP,  and then ordered him to cover it up as an apparent suicide, Interior Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak said on Monday.

Mr Vannak was stripped of his role as the province’s governor following the apparent suicide of Ms Sovathana, who was found by her maid hanging dead in her rental room in Takeo province’s Daun Keo city on January 26, after which local authorities reported the case as a suicide.

Full story on Wednesday’s paper

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