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Court case: Case review request sent to ministry

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Prime Minister Hun Sen’s cabinet has asked the Justice Minister to consider a request from the parents of deceased Funcinpec official Ho Sok to review a Supreme Court decision, which ruled against Ho Sok’s wife in a land dispute case earlier this year.

Ho Sok’s parents, Sup Ho and Chheang Iv Heang, sent a letter to the cabinet on May 29 requesting the premier intervene to ask Supreme Court President Dith Munty to review or reopen the case.

Ho Sok’s wife, Chea Kim, filed a complaint to the Anticorruption Unit in May accusing 29 government officials of stealing and conspiring to sell 13 hectares of land in Kandal province’s Sa’ang district, which had previously belonged to Ho Sok, in 1998.

One accused official was former Kandal provincial deputy governor – now Kratie provincial council chief – Prak Savuth, to whom the Supreme Court awarded the land this year, overturning a 2007 verdict in favour of Chea Kim.

In a letter dated June 2 and obtained by The Post on Monday, cabinet chief Ho Sithy asked Justice Minister Ang Vong Vathana to consider the parents’ request.

“I would like to send this letter to His Excellency [Ang Vong Vathana] to consider this request,” Ho Sithy wrote.

Ang Vong Vathana and Dith Munty could not be reached for comment.

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