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Supreme Court delays appeal hearing for Kem Ley’s killer

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Oeuth Ang, who is also known as Chuop Samlap, the man convicted for gunning down political analyst Kem Ley in 2016. KT/ Khy Sovuthy

The Supreme Court appeal hearing for Oeuth Ang, the man convicted for gunning down political analyst Kem Ley in 2016, has been delayed after Mr Ang asked the court to appoint a lawyer to represent him in his case.

In 2017, Mr Ang, who is also known as Chuop Samlap, was sentenced to life imprisonment after Phnom Penh Municipal Court found him guilty of killing Mr Ley.

His appeal for either a lesser sentence or exoneration was rejected by the Appeal Court last year. Mr Ang is appealing to the Supreme Court to reduce his sentence.

At the Supreme Court today, Mr Ang was asked by Judge Kong Srim whether he wants to find a lawyer himself or be provided one.

Mr Ang told the court that he needs the court to find him a lawyer because he is unable to afford legal representation.

“I request that the Supreme Court help me find a lawyer,” he said.

However, Judge Srim told Mr Ang that the court had no lawyers in disposal at the moment and that the court will have to ask the Bar Association to provide one.

Full story in Thursday’s paper

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