Disgraced governor set to stand trial for murder

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Phnom Penh Municipal Court has set a trail date for former Takeo provincial Governor Lay Vannak and his brother, a former deputy provincial police chief, over the murder of the former’s mistress.

Court spokesman Suos Vithyearandy said Mr Vannak and his brother Lay Narith will both stand trial on January 23.

Both men were jailed in April last year after the apparent suicide of CPP youth group member Chev Sovathana, who was also a National Assembly staffer, was re-investigated and deemed a murder covered up by the duo.

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Mr Vannak, who was a member of the ruling Cambodian People’s Party, had his membership stripped soon after his arrest.

Ms Sovathana was found dead by her maid in her rented home in Daun Keo city on January 26, 2018.

Police initially closed the case as a suicide, but spurred by unavoidable evidence and complaints from the family, reopened it and discovered a murderous plot to kill Ms Sovathana.

The court has also charged Men Samay, Mr Vannak’s driver, and Choem Vuth, the maid’s husband, for concealing evidence.

If convicted, Mr Vannak and Mr Narith could face up to 15 years in prison, while Mr Vuth and Mr Samay could face up to three years in prison.

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Full story in Friday’s paper

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