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Chakrapong Appears in Court for Debt


Prince Norodom Chakrapong, son of the former king, appeared in court Friday to face charges he owed the government money following the failure of a local airline company.

The government claimed the prince owed it $1.3 million following the bankruptcy of Royal Phnom Penh Airways, in a suit that came just days after Prince Norodom Ranariddh, another son of the king, received 18 months prison in absentia on charges related to embezzlement.

Prince Chakrapong said he had no intention of fleeing the country, but his debts are no different than those of other airlines, one of which belongs to Prime Minister Hun Sen's relative.

Prince Chakrapong's lawyer said his client didn't personally owe the government money, and his limited liability company was somewhat protected.

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