Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday convicted two former government officials working at Phnom Penh City Hall of misappropriation of public funds, but allowed them to walk free after accounting for time served and suspending the remainder of their two-year sentence.
Judge Ros Veasna identified the two as Roath Borey, 34, formerly the chief of the investment office, and May Vannarom, 33, formerly a staff member under Mr Borey.
“The court decided to convict them to two years each but the term of their punishment shall be carried out only from the day they were arrested until the day of the verdict,” said Judge Veasna. “The rest of their sentences are suspended.”
Judge Veasna added that each man must also pay a fine of about $1,000.
Kong Kosal, a police officer at Prey Sar prison, confirmed that the pair walked free yesterday.
“They have now been released from prison in accordance with the court’s verdict,” he said. According to court documents, the pair received $5,250 from a property company in 2015 as a fee for the company’s investment registration.
The pair did not issue a receipt and kept more than half of the money for themselves before using the remainder to process the required documentation with the Ministry of Finance and Economy. They were arrested on March 2 this year.