Military officer pays compensation over assault

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Lieutenant General Pol Sinuon. CEN

A high-ranking military officer on Saturday paid $8,000 in compensation to a restaurant singer who alleged that he slapped her when she turned down an offer to have sex with him for $300.

According to a local newspaper, the settlement between Lieutenant General Pol Sinuon and Yin Phally, 32, was reached after both parties met to discuss the matter at the Phnom Penh Military Police headquarters.

On Thursday, Ms Phally filed a complaint alleging that Lt Gen Sinuon slapped her when she turned down the $300 offer at about 11pm at Boeng Meas restaurant in Chroy Changva district.

On his Facebook account on Saturday, Heng Long, Khmer Artist Association board director, thanked all authorities and journalists who helped find justice for Ms Phally.

“Justice has been given to a singer [Yin Phally] who was slapped by a three-star general on February 27 in Boeng Meas Restaurant,” he said. “After negotiation, she received $8,000 in compensation.”

Lieutenant General Rath Srieng, Phnom Penh Military Police commander, declined to comment yesterday and referred questions to Defence Ministry spokesman General Chhum Sucheat.

Gen Sucheat could not be reached for comment yesterday, but he said on Thursday that he ordered officials to investigate the compliant.

“I have received that information, including his car number plate, and we are investigating to find out whether he was involved,” Gen Sucheat said. “We do not support this act and we will follow the law.”

Ms Phally could not be reached for comment yesterday, but on Thursday she demanded $10,000 in compensation.

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