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Teacher charged over unlicensed health treatments

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Police detain Pol Tith Theany. Supplied

Kampong Chhnang provincial court on Friday charged a high school teacher who acted as a doctor and treated people although he did not have a certificate to do so.

Major General Khov Ly, provincial police chief, yesterday identified him as Pol Tith Theany, 49, a teacher at Samdech Akathomaporthisal Chea Sim Kampong Tralach High School.

He said the accused was arrested on Friday morning following a complaint from the provincial health department.

Maj Gen Ly noted that Mr Tith Theany was also a former CNRP member, but the case was a criminal one and had nothing to do with politics.

He said that although the accused did not have any licence to practice as a doctor, he treated patients in the province, including giving injections.

“Mr Tith Theany had previously been ordered to stop his activities but he did not listen,” Maj Gen Ly noted. “He kept on practising as a doctor without a licence until we arrested him.”

The accused was arrested and detained a day after the Kampong Chhnang provincial prosecutor issued an arrested warrant against him. He is now in pre-trial detention.

Ouk Chhayavy, president of Cambodian Independent Teachers’ Association, yesterday said that she could not accept the Kampong Chhnang provincial court’s decison to detain Mr Tith Theany who is a member of CITA.

She said that she will study the case before she files appeal letters next week for the government and relevant institutions to release Mr Tith Theany.

Meanwhile, Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Saturday posted notices of a judgement against Sam Rainsy at the old headquarters of the now-dissolved CNRP in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district.

Mr Rainsy was sentenced in absentia on May 2 to eight years in prison and fined $5,000 for instigating the armed forces and also insulting King Norodom Sihamoni. The conviction was handed down by Judge Ros Piseth ten days after a hearing.

In 2017, Mr Rainsy, who is overseas, had called on the armed forces to disobey orders to kill civilians. He also called an election letter written by King Sihamoni as “fake or written under duress”.

Sam Sokong, Mr Rainsy’s lawyer, said the verdict was an injustice to his client.

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