Businessman tried over dud cheque

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A businessman was re-tried in Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday for issuing a bad $35,000 cheque to another businessman in 2015.

Judge Thlang Phaneth said Chea Song, 42, who is in the property business, was arrested after a warrant was issued last November for his arrest.

Court documents say that in June 2015, Mr Song and plaintiff Bun Chhay signed a contract over the sale of 15 plots of land in Tuol Kork district’s Boeung Kak commune. 

To secure the sale, Mr Chhay deposited $35,000 with Mr Song.

Mr Song promised to work on the land documents to be given to the plaintiff a month after the contract was signed.   

But on the deadline, Mr Song could not produce the documents or hand over the land because of a dispute with other villagers.

The plaintiff demanded his deposit back. Mr Song gave him the cheque but there was no money in the account.

“The plaintiff tried to contact the suspect and ask him for payment, but he never paid up,” Ms Phaneth said.

Mr Chhay fled and could not be contacted.   

Mr Song filed a lawsuit against Mr Chhay in July 2015.

In November, Mr Song was convicted in absentia and sentenced to two years in prison. The court ordered his arrest and for him to pay $35,000 damages and $2,000 compensation to the plaintiff.

He was arrested last month, and asked for a retrial.

At yesterday’s trial, Mr Song admitted his mistakes.  He said he did not refund the money because he did not have it.

He asked the judge to free him so that he would be able to make the repayment.

The verdict is due on November 11.

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