Just days before the verdict is due, the plaintiff in a lawsuit against a 23-year-old transvestite, said he hopes the judge would consider and offer a lenient sentence on the accused.
On June 4, Phnom Penh Municipal Court tried the accused, Yin Heng, a third-year law student who allegedly insulted all Khmers in a video clip posted on Facebook after he was assaulted by a group of men in the capital in February.
The accused was charged with incitement to discriminate. He faces up to three years in jail and a fine of up to $1,600 if convicted. A verdict is due June 20.
The plaintiff, Heang Kimsroeun today told Khmer Times that he filed the lawsuit because the accused at that time was arrogant and rude. However, he noted the accused has admitted his faults and pleaded for a speedy release so that he could continue his studies
“It was his first big mistake. I understand that he was regretful for his act and pleaded for freedom,” he said. “As a plaintiff, I did not ask for much because I filed the lawsuit for the public interests. I do not want anyone to look down Cambodian people like this.”
“I hope the judge could consider and suspend the sentence but place him in probation just in case he committed another big mistake,” Mr Kimsroeun added.
Judge Mao Sina could not be reached yesterday.
Mr Heng was arrested on the orders of Interior Minister Sar Kheng after his Facebook post, which contained a barrage of insults against Khmers, caused an outcry from other users.
Deputy prosecutor Kuch Kimlong on Tuesday said the accused’s tirade seriously affected the reputation and honour of Khmers, all Cambodians and also the King. He pressed for a deterrent sentence.