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Former cop loses appeal hearing

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Hang Vuthy is helped out of the courtroom last week after his appeal hearing. KT/Khy Sovuthy

The Appeal Court yesterday upheld the conviction of former municipal penal police officer Hang Vuthy, who was jailed for 15 years over an attempt to murder National Military Police Commander General Sao Sokha in 2003.

Presiding Judge Yun Narong said the court decided to uphold the verdict of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court which sentenced Mr Vuthy in April 2015.

“The Appeal Court decides to uphold the Phnom Penh Municipal Court’s verdict and decides to continue detaining the defendant,” Judge Narong said without giving reasons for the verdict.

During the hearing on August 6, Mr Vuthy was in a wheelchair and in a weak voice asked the court to allow him to remain seated because he was seriously ill with liver and lung cancer.

He 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 him 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, Mr Vuthy’s younger sister, was in tears after the court’s verdict and insisted that her brother was innocent.

Ms Sophorn said that after last week’s hearing, My Vuthy’s condition got worse and he was sent to Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital for treatment and then brought back to prison.

She appealed to Prime Minister Hun Sen and Gen Sokha to help get the case reviewed because her 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 he will die within 15 months.”

“I ask Samdech Hun Sen to help secure his release and I swear upon my life that he won’t try to flee because he is only waiting to die,” she added.

Mr Vuthy’s lawyer Ly Samborith declined to comment on the verdict.

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