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Appeal Court upholds ex-police officer’s conviction

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Hang Vuthy is aided outside the court last week. KT/ Khy Sovuthy

The Appeal Court on Monday upheld conviction against former municipal penal police officer Hang Vuthy who was jailed 15 years for attempting to murder National Military Police Commander General Sao Sokha in 2003.

Presiding judge Yun Narong announced the verdict today that the Appeal Court upheld the Phnom Penh Municipal Court’s decision that sentenced Hang Vuthy to 15 years in jail in April 2015.

“The Appeal Court decides to uphold the Phnom Penh Municipal Court’s verdict and decides to continue detaining the defendant,” Mr Narong said.

During hearing on August 6, Mr Vuthy was in a wheelchair and in a weak voice because he was seriously ill with liver and lung cancer.

Mr Vuthy was charged in October 2003 with attempted murder together with disgraced former Phnom Penh police chief Heng Pov and his subordinates Hang Vutha, Oum Samkheng, Ly Rasy and Prum Sophearith.

Phnom Penh Municipal Court in 2009 sentenced Mr Vuthy to 15 years in jail over the attempted murder. It then granted him a retrial in April 2015 and upheld the conviction.

Sun Sophorn, 38, younger sister of Mr Vuthy, decried the verdict, saying her brother did not commit the crime.

“It is very unjust for my brother because he gets serious disease,” Ms Sophorn said.

Ms Sophorn appealed to Prime Minister Hun Sen and General Sokha to help get the case reviewed because his brother was very sick.

“Please Samdech Hun Sen and His Excellency Sao Sokha help get this case reviewed again,” she said “The doctor told me that within five months, he will die.”

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