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Tycoon freed after apology to victim

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The tycoon who was freed. Nokor Wat

Kampong Cham Provincial Court and police yesterday offered differing accounts on the release of a timber tycoon held over the alleged assault and verbal abuse of a girl at a KTV club.

Brigadier General Heng Vuthy, provincial deputy police chief, yesterday said that the court freed Von Bunthai after police sent the case there on Sunday.

“He was allowed to go home after he apologised to the victim outside the court on Sunday evening,” he said. “Only the court and not the police has the right to decide whether to detain or release a suspect.”

However, court prosecutor Huot Vuthy yesterday said that Mr Bunthai was never sent to the court.

“The suspect was not sent to the court, so please ask police about the case,” he said.

Kuoch Chamroeun, provincial governor, declined to comment and also referred questions to police.

Mr Bunthai was arrested after the victim complained that he assaulted her in a karaoke club room in Kampong Cham city’s Veal Vong commune on Saturday night.

Brig Gen Vuthy had said on Sunday that the victim claimed that he had pulled her hair, hit her head and verbally abused her, but police did not see any injuries on her.

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