The Cambodia Human Rights Committee on Tuesday said it has placed a child of an inmate serving life in prison in the custody of an NGO.
CHRC president Keo Remy said the boy was three-years-old and that his mother Pech Sonet is in prison on multiple convictions.
“The woman was sentenced to 165 years in prison and we were concerned about her son, who lived with her,” Mr Remy said. “I was upset and I pitied him, that’s why I was looking for an organisation willing to take care of the boy.”
He added that the boy was sent to the Développement Enfance Cambodge in Kandal province’s Sa’ang district.
“I really appreciate the director of the DEC for agreeing to accept the boy to stay with her organisation,” he said. “I want to appeal to all parents to not commit crimes because crimes could affect their children.”
Mr Remy added that female prisoners should strive to correct themselves for the sake of their children.
DEC director Chhouk Seiha yesterday said the boy’s name was Seav Seav and that he has already started interacting with other children.
“The children, nannies and staff at the centre were happy to see Seav Seav smile and play with others at our centre,” Ms Seiha said. “Please, parents think about the future of your children. We have to set good examples for children and take care of them so they become good citizens.”
Mr Remy also thanked Justice Minister Ang Vong Vathana and Supreme Court Deputy President Chiv Keng for paying attention in speeding up Ms Sonet’s appeal process.
“When verdicts become ineffective, the court will be using a procedure to consolidate sentences by taking the most hefty one and implementing a sentence based on it, even if she was sentenced to hundreds of years in prison” Mr Remy said in a Facebook post. “I will request the lawyer of Samdech Techo Hun Sen to address this case.”
According to Article 501 of the Criminal Code, the consolidation of sentences shall be raised before the court by the prosecutor or the involved party, noting that the court has to make the final decision.