Search form

Login - Register | FOLLOW US ON

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Airline CEO pedophile sentenced to 10 years

Brian Naswall, the CEO of Aero Cambodia, is escorted out of Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday after being sentenced to ten years in jail for sexually abusing underage girls.
Brian Naswall, the CEO of Aero Cambodia, is escorted out of Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday after being sentenced to ten years in jail for sexually abusing underage girls. Pha Lina

Airline CEO pedophile sentenced to 10 years

The founder and chief executive of small domestic airline Aero Cambodia, Brian Naswall, was yesterday sentenced at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court to 10 years in jail after being found guilty last month of sexually abusing nine underage girls between 2011 and 2015.

Judge Khy Chhay also ordered he pay 8 million riel (nearly $2,000) each in compensation to six mothers of victims.

Naswall, 53, a US national who has a daughter with a Cambodian wife, was arrested last year in the act of abusing one of the girls but maintained throughout the trial that he was set up by child-protection NGO APLE.

After the sentencing, he said he had not received a fair trial as he did not receive legal assistance and did not have the opportunity to present evidence and witnesses.

Court spokesman Ly Sophanna declined to comment on judge Chhay’s sentencing rationale.

In a press release, APLE program director Vando Khoem applauded the sentence but lamented that judge Chhay had not ordered Naswall be deported at the end of his sentence.

At the end of the hearing Naswall distributed a press release written by hand warning foreign entrepreneurs not to invest in Cambodia.

The two-page missive also reiterated his claim to have been framed by APLE, who he accused of abducting children to use as false witnesses.

In an email yesterday afternoon APLE’s Khoem described Naswall’s allegations as “totally untrue”.

0

Comments

Please, login or register to post a comment

Latest Video

Setting up a drone for flight. Photo supplied

How Cambodia's first drone company is helping farmers

SM Waypoint claims its unmanned aerial vehicles can help local farm and plantation owners increase their yields. Established in September 2015, SM Waypoint now has seven drone pilots, two sales staff and two accountants. Though the company focuses mainly on agricultural projects, the potential uses of the drones are extremely varied, going from measuring exact land height for building drainage systems to finding the most suitable location for special economic zones (SEZs) or factories.

New street food dish shakes things up at Russian Market

Though the bustling food stalls that emerge after dark next to Phnom Penh's Russian Market can seem intimidating to tourists at first glance, there are street food treats to be enjoyed by all, from Kep crab to a new shrimp dish created by the market's owners.

Turkish Embassy calls for closure of Zaman schools

With an attempted coup against the government of President Recep Erdogan quashed only days ago and more than 7,000 alleged conspirators now under arrest, the Turkish ambassador to Cambodia yesterday pressed the govern