THE Phnom Penh Municipal court has convicted seven men for the armed robbery of tourists
on the Phnom Penh - Siem reap passenger boat on March 22 this year.
Seven men boarded the boat as passengers, produced guns about an hour out from Phnom
Penh and demanded money and valuables from passengers.
They then forced the boat to the river bank where they decamped in a waiting car.
The municipal court tried four men on, Thursday July 20, who had been detained and
one other in absentia.
Chroeng Siha, a student at private university in Phnom Penh was found not guilty
and released by the court. The three other men present were convicted and imprisoned
- Prach Kunthol, 6 years jail; Kuoy Saran, 5 years jail; Choum Phal, 7 years
Emg Sopheatra who the court said was the ring leader was sentenced to 10 years jail
in his absence.
Police said they were still searching for three other robbers - Thon Bora, Som Cham
Roeun and Chen Praseu - who has also been tried and convicted in absentia and were
sentenced each to 8 years jail.