Businessman sentenced over decades-old land deal dispute

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Phnom Penh Municipal Court sentenced a real estate businessman, who had ties to senior politicians, to two years and six months in prison for cheating a foreign investor in a $2 million land deal dating back to 1992.

Judge Kor Vandy said 70-year-old Hen Uyhok was charged with breach of trust following his arrest last year on March 3. He was found guilty on Friday and sentenced to 18 months in prison.

“The court ordered him to pay 800 million riels [about $200,000] in compensation to the plaintiff and pay another 4 million riels [about $1,000] to the government,” Judge Vandy said.

Judge Vandy said that Mr Uyhok was sued by Hong Francis, a 63-year-old Chinese garment investor and president of the Royal Garment Factory.

Mr Francis told the court during the trial on May 6 that he met Mr Uyhok, a Chinese-speaking land broker, during a visit to Cambodia in 1992. Mr Francis, who was on a tourist visit at the time, said he met Mr Uyhok in Phnom Penh and began to forge a friendship.

Mr Francis stated that Mr Uyhok later introduced him to Chea Sim, former president of the Senate and former president of the CPP. Mr Uyhok is a former advisor to Chea Sim.

Full story in Wednesday’s paper

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