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Heng Pov Appeals for Televised Hearing

Jailed former police chief Heng Pov has requested the courts give him a public appeals hearing and a hearing chamber large enough to contain an interested audience when next he appears before the court.

The former police chief of Phnom Penh was arrested in 2006 and is serving an 18-year prison sentence for colluding in the murder of a municipal judge.

He has accused Prime Minister Hun Sen and National Police Chief Hok Lundy of conspiring in the 1997 grenade attack on opposition supporters, as well as the murder of popular actress Piseth Pilika.

Heng Pov lawyer Kao Soupha said previous trials for his client were held in rooms too small to contain the hundreds of people interested in attending. His client was requesting a larger room, and that the hearing be televised.