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Acid attack suspect to face court

Acid attack suspect to face court

A WOMAN accused of pouring acid on a 22-year-old man in Phnom Penh’s Prampi Makara district earlier this month is scheduled to appear in Municipal Court today for questioning.

Lim Soma was arrested after the January 4 incident but was released two days later without being charged. She has said that she used a tooth-whitening formula taken from her dental practice in the attack, a claim she says is supported by the victim’s minor injuries.

She said Tuesday that she planned to answer the court summons.

“I will appear for questioning in front of the prosecutor, but I am not afraid because I did not do anything wrong,” she said.

The court initially dropped criminal proceedings in the case in the hope that Lim Soma and the victim, Hor Tin, could reach an out-of-court compensation deal, but intervened once again after Lim Soma refused to meet Hor Tin’s demand for US$10,000.

Kea Soheang, the victim’s employer whose complaint led the case to be reopened, has failed to show up for two court summonses.

Deputy prosecutor Ek Chheng Hout said the complaint would be “cancelled” if he failed to show a third time.

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