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Appeal Court hears case of Kem Ley’s killer

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Oeurth Ang, who was jailed for killing Kem Ley. Supplied

The Appeal Court on Friday heard the case of a former soldier sentenced to life in prison for slaying prominent political analyst Kem Ley.


Oeuth Ang, also known as Chuob Samlab, was sentenced to life in prison in March last year after pleading guilty to gunning down Mr Ley on July 10, 2016.

Mr Ang was found guilty of premeditated murder and of carrying or transporting a weapon without authorisation.

Lor Kimguech, Mr Ang’s lawyer, told reporters that his client confessed to killing Mr Ley in the hearing.

“I request that the court reduce his sentence because he has confessed since he was arrested by police,” Mr Kimguech said.

Touch Tharith, spokesman of the Appeal Court, said that Mr Ang was brought from Prey Sar prison and attended the hearing on Friday.

Presiding Judge Chay Chandaravan said that a verdict will be announced on Friday.

During his trial at Phnom Penh Municipal Court, Mr Ang claimed to have come to Phnom Penh twice in his dealings with Mr Ley – the first time to loan him a sum of money and the second time to kill him over a debt.

He claimed he shot Mr Ley over an unpaid $3,000 debt, allegations which have been denied by the family members of both men.

After Mr Ley’s funeral ceremony, his wife Bou Rachana and her five sons left Cambodia for Thailand on August 28, 2016, after receiving refugee status from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

In February, they arrived in Melbourne, Australia, where they have been granted residency.

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