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Municipal court spokesman gets promotion

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Phnom Penh Municipal Court spokesman Ly Sophanna has been elevated to an Appeal Court prosecutor.

A royal decree, signed on June 13 and obtained yesterday, announced the appointment of Mr Sophana, a deputy prosecutor, as a prosecutor at the higher court.

In the decree, eight other deputy prosecutors were transferred from Phnom Penh to other provinces or from provinces to the municipal court.

Mr Sophanna yesterday thanked journalists for cooperating with him and supporting the work of the Prosecution Department of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court.

“I am now going to serve as an appeals court prosecutor,” he said. “A new municipal court spokesman will be selected to replace me.”

Sam Pracheameanith, spokesman of the Supreme Council of Magistracy, yesterday said that the appointment or rotation of prosecutors or judges is a normal exercise.

“Appointing or transferring prosecutors or judges after they have worked at any courts for four years to five years is a normal procedure,” he said. “It gives them a chance to gain more experience.”

To a question on whether any prosecutors or judges had faced disciplinary action so far this year and last year, Mr Pracheameanith said the Supreme Council of Magistracy held a meeting in the royal place on June 12 and did not discuss disciplinary issues.

He added that he could not remember how many prosecutors or judges were disciplined last year.

Sok Keobandith, a Banteay Meanchey provincial court deputy prosecutor who has been transferred to work at the municipal court, yesterday said that the rotation exercise is decided by top level officials.

“As for me, I can work at any place but being transferred to the municipal court will be a new experience for me because the court hears a lot of cases,” he said.

Mr Keobandith noted that he had worked at the Siem Reap provincial court for six years before being transferred to Banteay Meanchey provincial court where he has now worked for four years before this new transfer.

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