Kandal Provincial Court has charged a cockfighting ringleader and relative of Prime Minister Hun Sen with illegal gambling, also convicting 64 people who bet on his games.
Thai Phany, who is known as “Thai Mab”, is the son-in-law of Hun San, the elder brother of Mr Hun Sen.
He has been placed in pre-trial detention after turning himself in to police following the Prime Minister’s call for his arrest.
Court spokesman Sam Rithyveasna said Mr Phany had been charged with running illegal gambling rings.
“He is now in prison for pretrial detention,” Mr Rithyveasna said.
Prison officer Chem Vanny said court director Hok Vanthyna decided to charge Mr Phany and ordered his detention.
Police on Monday raided two huge cockfighting rings in Takeo and Kandal provinces, owned by Mr Phany.
Officers arrested more than 100 people in the bust, but some escaped as they were being driven to the police station.
Mr Hun Sen ordered the crackdown on the cockfighting rings belonging to his brother’s son-in-law.
“Takeo and Kandal provinces have to take strict measures against Hun San’s son-in-law,” Mr Hun Sen said.
“If he fights back, they can shoot him dead instantly.”
Kandal court judge Say Samphors Serei convicted 64 people for gambling on the cockfighting ring in Lvea Em district’s Akrei Khsat commune.
“The court has decided to sentence 64 people to one month each in prison, but all sentences have been suspended,” he said in the courtroom.
Mr Phany handed himself in to the Interior Ministry following Mr Hun Sen’s call for his arrest, but was later transferred to Kandal police station for questioning before being sent to court.
Say Maneth, one of those who was arrested for betting on the cockfighting, said he had promised to stop his illegal gambling.
“I am happy that the court allowed me to go home,” Mr Maneth said.