The Appeal Court yesterday overturned suspended sentences handed to a former officer with the Prime Minister’s Bodyguard Unit and a former deputy commune council chief who forged land documents and cheated a businesswoman out of $800,000 in Kampot province in 2013.
Presiding Judge Phlong Samnang identified the two as Sun Seang, 48, an ex-general from the unit, and Heng San, 45, who was a council official in Chhouk district’s Chhouk commune.
Judge Samnang said that the two were arrested on January 12 and then convicted by Phnom Penh Municipal Court on April 27, when they were sentenced to a year and six months in jail but were ordered to only serve six months with the remainder of the sentence suspended.
The suspended sentence prompted the deputy prosecutor to file an appeal, said Judge Samnang.
He noted that Mr Seang and Mr San were convicted of using forged public documents to commit fraud over the sale of non-existent land to Nop Mao, 46, a businesswoman in Phnom Penh.
“Based on the facts of the case, the Appeal Court decided to uphold the origincal sentences of one year and six months,” Judge Samnang said. “This court orders that Mr Seang and Mr San should serve the full sentence instead of just six months.”
Judge Samnang added that the municipal court also ordered the two to jointly pay $800,000 to Ms Mao and another $155,000 in damages.
“The court also agrees that both men should pay Ms Mao the $800,000 and also $155,000 in damages,” he noted.
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