Kampong Cham Provincial Court yesterday freed on bail a TV journalist who was charged with fraud and detained for a week by provincial police.
Court spokesman Choum Narann confirmed that Sem Bora, 45, the general director of TV Online in Cambodia, was released by the investigating judge yesterday afternoon. He noted that Mr Bora has returned to be with his family in Phnom Penh.
“The investigating judge decided to release him on bail,” Mr Narann said. “He is now free from detention but has been put under court supervision.”
Huoth Vuthy, provincial court prosecutor, yesterday said that Mr Bora, who lives in Phnom Penh’s Tuol Kork district, was charged with fraud in a case involving the sale of land in Kampong Cham province.
“I charged him with fraud and I sent him to the investigating judge for further decisions,” he said. “The judge has the authority to decide whether to jail him or free him on bail.”
Men Socheata, TV Online in Cambodia’s editor-in-chief, lauded the decision, noting that the case involved a land transaction between two buyers and eight farmers who Mr Bora was only representing.
“I am very happy that Mr Bora has been released now because it is not a fraud case,” he said. “I appeal to the court to find truth and justice for Mr Bora since I know him well and don’t believe that he committed fraud.”
Colonel Heng Vuthy, provincial general crimes department chief, said that Mr Bora was arrested on October 26 in accordance with a provincial court warrant.
He noted that he was sued by Chun Sokheang, 36, and Nhorn Sam Ath, 39, both property developers living in the province, for allegedly cheating them out of more than $130,000 in a fraudulent land sale in Batheay district in August.