Chhoeun Chanthan, a former high-ranking officer of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and chief bodyguard to late Senate president Chea Sim, has been granted a pardon.
According to the Royal decree signed on November 12 by King Norodom Sihamoni, the pardon was granted to former Lieutenant General Chanthan, who was convicted and sentenced to 15 years in jail by the Military Court in 2011.
“It is ordered to pardon prisoner Chhoeun Chanthan, 41 over charges of breach of trust, intentional destruction and embezzlement of state properties, illegal distribution of weapons, and destruction of military material,” the royal decree said.
Mr Chanthan was arrested in August 2011 along with his three bodyguards at his luxury residence in Boeng Keng Kang III commune in Phnom Penh’s Chamkar Mon district.
Military police seized weapons, including one Chinese-made machine gun with three cases of ammunition, five pistols, one AK-47 rifle, as well as another machine gun and more than 1,400 bullets.
Hundreds of items of military clothing and other military material were also taken from Mr Chanthan’s house.