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Chea Sim’s Ex-Bodyguard Chief Sentenced to 26 Years

  • Kong Sothanarith
  • VOA Khmer

Lt. Gen. Chhoeun Chanthan was found guilty for breach of confidence, distribution and selling of weapons and mismanagement.

Lt. Gen. Chhoeun Chanthan was found guilty for breach of confidence, distribution and selling of weapons and mismanagement.

The military court sentenced a former bodyguard chief of ruling party president Chea Sim on Friday to 26 years in jail.

Lt. Gen. Chhoeun Chanthan was found guilty for breach of confidence, distribution and selling of weapons and mismanagement.

Judge Pok Porn also ordered Chhoeun Chanthan to pay more than $3.6 million in compensation to three victims for their losses.

The sentence came more than a week after a court in Phnom Penh sentenced the former bodyguard chief to another ten years in prison for illegal possession of firearms and falsifying public documents.

“I didn’t commit anything,” Chhoeun Channthan told reporters. “It’s injustice. I will appeal.”

His lawyer Orn Hing says the decision is “unacceptable” as the court had mixed a civil case with a military one.

Chhoeun Channthan was arrested on August 2011 along with three bodyguards. The three have been sentenced by the Phnom Penh court to between three and four years in prison.

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