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Corrupt CDC official walks free

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
A file photo shows men being ushered into Phnom Penh Municipal Court before facing trial. Supplied

A former official with the Council for the Development of Cambodia was convicted of corruption yesterday but walked free from Phnom Penh Municipal Court after having his sentence suspended. Chhim Piseth, 52, was arrested in April and accused of misappropriation of public funds.

He spent one month in jail before being granted bail after depositing a $5,000 bond.

Presiding Judge Ros Piseth yesterday convicted Mr Piseth, but after accounting for his month in jail and suspending the remainder of his two-year sentence, allowed him to walk free.

The court also fined him 4 million riel ($1,000).

“The court also decided to seize $1,250, the amount he illegally demanded from investors, to be deposited into the state budget,” the judge added.

Mr Piseth, who in 2016 and 2017 demanded additional money from investors to process paperwork, could not be reached for comment.

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