Tuesday 19 June 2012

Attempted murder rap to be appealed

 Former Phnom Penh police chief Heng Pov (l) is escorted outside a court in Phnom Penh in 2008. Photograph: Heng Chivoan/Phnom Penh Post

Former Phnom Penh municipal police chief Heng Pov is appealing his conviction for the attempted murder of Thong Uy Pang, who was the owner and publisher of the Koh Santepheap newspaper.

Kao Soupha, Heng Pov’s defence lawyer, said the Court of Appeal will hear the 55-year-old’s case on June 28.

The crime occurred in 1998 outside a Phnom Penh pagoda, where Thong Uy Pang had travelled to observe an annual commemoration for his deceased mother.

Heng Pov allegedly sent gunmen, including his bodyguard, to ambush Thong Uy Pang. In the shooting, Thong Uy Pang only suffered a minor injury.

“Until now, my client Heng Pov has been charged with eight different criminal cases by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court,” his lawyer told the Post yesterday. “And this month’s appeal is just one” of the cases.

Heng Pov is serving more than 100 years in prison on convictions for multiple crimes, including the assassination of Judge Sok Sethamony.

His attorney said that for the attempted murder of Thong Uy Pang, the court sentenced Heng Pov to 18 years in 2009.

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