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Tycoon’s wife gets 20 years

Seng Chenda, wife of prominent businessman Khaou Chuly, was
sentenced to 20 years in prison today by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court
for her role in an attempted plot to kill her husband’s daughter from
his previous marriage.
Seng Chenda enters Phnom Penh Municipal Court today. Photo by: Pha Lina
Judge Sin Visal said that confessions
and testimony given by Seng Chenda’s accomplices proved that she had
masterminded a scheme to kill Suv Chantha as well as her daughter in
June last year.
Suv Chantha is the daughter of tycoon Khaou Chuly
and the wife of Sun Chanthol, vice chairman of the Council for the
Development of Cambodia and a former minister of public works and
transport.
“According to the answers and confessions of the
accomplices during their questioning … in front of police and the
investigating judge … they have said that Seng Chenda ordered them to
kill Sun Chanthol’s family,” Sin Visal said in court today.
“Therefore, the court decided to sentence her to a 20-year imprisonment.”
The accomplices – Khorn Lak, 30, Chan Sokha, 38, and Neang Sinath, 25 – were also sentenced for their roles in the plot.
Khorn Lak, a security guard employed by Khaou Chuly, received a 20-year sentence.
Chan
Sokha, a maid at Khaou Chuly’s house, and Neang Sinath, a maid at Suv
Chanthol’s house, were both given sentences of 18 years.
The
court ruled that a fourth suspected accomplice, Yin Sophearith, 25,
also a security guard employed by Khaou Chuly, was not involved in the
plot and released him.
He testified that he had been at home the night of the murder plot, recovering from injuries from a traffic accident.
Seng
Chenda and her four suspected accomplices were arrested in June and
charged with attempted murder under the Law on Aggravating
Circumstances for Felonies, which carries a maximum sentence of life in
prison.
All pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Lim Vanna, Seng Chenda’s lawyer, said the court’s verdict was wrong.
“I think that this verdict does not deliver justice to my client because she is innocent and is also a victim.”
Seng Chenda said the verdict was a “mistake”.
“I
have not been involved in, nor have I committed this accused crime; but
the court has made a mistake about me. I think that the court is very
cheap and its verdict is very unjust for me,” she said.
“There is no justice in Cambodia.”
The
verdict brought to close a dramatic trial with more than a dozen
witnesses and five hearings that saw several accused recount testimony
to police and claim they had been forced to confess under threats from
police and Sun Chantol.
Chan Sokha and Neang Sinath both said
police forced them to meet with Sun Chantol, who they said threatened
them and their families.
Khaou Phallaboth, a son of Khaou Chuly, said the charges were merely an extension of a family dispute.
“I don’t believe that Seng Chenda has committed this crime, it is just a drama prepared by Sun Chantol.”
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