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Kem Ley Murder Suspect to Appear at Hearing


A supporter of the late Kem Ley, a prominent government critic, takes a selfie in front of the Municipal Court during the trial for Chuob Somlab, who is charged with murdering Ley, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, March 1, 2017. REUTERS/Samrang Pring

On Wednesday, the authorities released security camera footage which appeared to show the suspect fleeing the scene of the crime.

The lawyer for a man suspected of killing a prominent government critic in Cambodia’s capital last year has said his client would attend a hearing in the case on Wednesday.

Ang Oueth, also known as Choub Somlab, expected to be found innocent of the crime, his lawyer, Yung Phanith, told reporters.

Ley was gunned down in a Caltex gas station in central Phnom Penh in July.

Police arrested Oueth shortly afterwards and on Wednesday, the authorities released security camera footage which appeared to show the suspect fleeing the scene of the crime.

Ley’s family has boycotted the proceedings.

Phanith said he would attempt to delay the trial due to its “complicated” nature.

He said on Monday that after reviewing the evidence against Oueth he hoped the court “would provide justice for my client.”

“If my client doesn’t agree with the court’s decision, he can file to the Appeals Court,” he added.

Despite an admission of guilt on the part of Oueth, many have suggested there are deeper forces at work, with some alluding to the participation of state security forces.

Evidence linking members of the military to Oueth in the weeks prior to the killing have led to further speculation.

Sam Rainsy, the former president of the country’s main opposition party, the Cambodia National Rescue Party, claimed that Prime Minister Hun Sen was behind the murder.

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