Prime Minister Hun Sen has urged a newly-formed legal team to provide special support to impoverished women being placed in pre-trial detention without a lawyer.
During a celebration of 108th anniversary of International Women’s Day on Tuesday, Mr Hun Sen said the legal aid team led by the government’s chief lawyer Ky Tech will work closely with the Women’s Affairs and Justice Ministries to address concerns for poor women being put in pre-trial detention.
“Poor women have been placed in pre-trial detention without a trial because they could not afford to pay for a lawyer. This is not their faults but ours,” he said. “I must take responsibility for that. I must pay for them.”
Last month, Mr Hun Sen assigned Mr Tech to lead the team known as ‘Samdech Hun Sen Legal Team’ with a budget of some $500,000.
Having discussed the issue with Mr Tech, Mr Hun Sen said that he hoped his voluntary legal team will be able to provide legal aid to the impoverished women soon.
Mr Hun Sen also asked the legal team to cooperate with all relevant state institutions to look into the possibility of pardoning and reducing sentence for some prisoners beside national holidays.
“The law allows the Prime Minister to make request for pardons, so it is important to ensure that female inmates are being taken care of and deserve a special pardon,” he said.
Mr Hun Sen also asked Women’s Affairs and Justice Ministries to speed up their work in reviewing the cases of all female inmates in all prisons across the Kingdom.