Din Puthy, chief of the Cambodian Informal Economic Workers Association, is planning to file an appeal with the Appeal Court after Banteay Meanchey Provincial Court found him guilty of committing violence with aggravating circumstances on Friday.
Judge Khorn Chanthoeun convicted Mr Puthy of violence with aggravating circumstances for hitting deputy immigration police chief Chhean Piseth with his vehicle in December 2016 in Poipet city.
The judge then handed him a suspended sentence.
Police had accused Mr Puthy of deliberately driving his SUV into Mr Piseth during a border confrontation. Critics of the police officer say he staged the incident and faked his injuries after video of the incident surfaced showing him flopping to the ground.
“The court found me guilty, but I did not commit anything wrong,” Mr Puthy said yesterday. “It gave me a bad reputation. I did not make any mistakes. I did not drive the car to hit him, but the court convicted me anyway; this is unacceptable.”
He said that he is now preparing documents and will submit them to the Appeal Court.
“I have already discussed it with my lawyer,” he said. “He is preparing the documents in order to file an appeal.”
Judge Chanthoeun could not be reached for comment yesterday.
Sok Keobandith, deputy court prosecutor, yesterday said Mr Puthy was convicted based on evidence, adding that Mr Puthy has the right to file an appeal.
“The judge has already made the decision, if the party involved is dissatisfied, then he can file an appeal,” Mr Keobandith said. “So within one month, from the date of the verdict, he has the right to appeal to the Court of Appeal.”
Soum Chankea, provincial coordinator with the rights group Adhoc, yesterday said the court’s decision did not provide justice for Mr Puthy.
Mr Chankea noted that video of the incident showed Mr Puthy did not commit what he was being accused of.