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Jailed police officer freed after serving time

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A high-ranking police officer was freed from Prey Sar prison on Saturday after serving his six-month jail term.

Major General Sorn Keo, a spokesman for the General Department of Prisons at the Interior Ministry, said yesterday that Lieutenant General Hun Chea was freed from prison in line with a court decision.

“He was released from the prison on Saturday based on the court’s verdict,” Maj Gen Keo said. “He was released because he finished serving the jail term handed to him.”

On May 2, Phnom Penh Municipal Court sentenced Lieutenant General Chea, a high-ranking Interior Ministry police official, to 18 months in jail for discharging his service weapon during an argument with his wife.

Court spokesman Y Rin said he was jailed for making death threats and damaging property. Last month, the Court of Appeal reduced his jail term to six months.

Lt Gen Chea was arrested in May after he fired ten shots into the air and threatened to kill his wife during a dispute at his villa in Daun Penh district’s Phmar Thmey I commune.

Chhem Savuth, director of Prey Sar, could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Appeal Court spokesman Touch Tharith declined to comment.

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