The Supreme Court on Friday upheld a lower court decision to sentence Oeuth Ang to life imprisonment after he was convicted of murdering a prominent political analyst Kem Ley in 2016.
Oeuth Ang, also known as Chuob Samlab, was found guilty of premeditated murder and was sentenced to life in prison in March last year after pleading guilty to gunning down Mr Ley on July 10, 2016.
Presiding judge for the Supreme Court, Soeng Panhavuth read out the verdict after Oeuth Ang had requested a reduction on his life sentence.
“The Supreme Court has rejected the request of Oeuth Ang and upholds the verdict of the Court of Appeal which had made the correct decision,” Mr. Panhavuth said.
Mr. Ang declined to comment to reporters after he listened to the verdict of the Supreme Court.
During his trial at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, Mr Ang claimed to have come to Phnom Penh twice in his dealings with Mr Ley – the first time to loan him a sum of money and the second time to kill him over a debt.
He claimed he shot Mr Ley over an unpaid $3,000 debt, allegations which have been denied by the family members of both men.
Mr Ley’s wife Bou Rachana and her five sons currently live in Australia after receiving refugee status from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
Im Mach, defence lawyer for Mr. Oeuth Ang said that the Supreme Court should grant his request for a reduction of his life sentence .