The Court of Appeal has granted bail to property tycoon Thong Sarath and his three bodyguards who were sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Ung Meng Chue in 2014.
In March, Sarath was convicted of initiating premeditated murder, while his bodyguards–Seang Veasna, Meas Sambath, Kouy Chanthol, and Chhun Pheaktra were convicted of being accomplices to premediated murder. The four men were sentenced to life imprisonment.
Touch Tharith, spokesman for the Court of Appeal, today said that Presiding judge Chay Chandaravan granted bail to Sarath and his three bodyguards—Chantho, Sambath, and Pheaktra under court supervision.
“The decision to release them on bail was made yesterday but they are placed under court supervision,” Mr Tharith said.
He said that the four men are barred from leaving the Kingdom, from changing addresses and are obliged to show up once a week at Phnom Penh Municipal Police headquarters and to appear at the court when summoned.
“The director [of the court] has decided to further investigate the case,” Mr Tharith said.
According to the Appeal Court’s statement issued yesterday, the case needs to be further investigated because it is very complicated.
“More investigation needs to be conducted and takes long time so the judge has to grant them bail because there is no clear evidence for them to remain in pre-trial detention,” the statement said.
It added that some of the four men have health problems and need medical treatment.