Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Four convicted in Tiger Head case

Four convicted in Tiger Head case

Four convicted in Tiger Head case

Phnom Penh Municipal Court has handed down guilty verdicts against four of five people charged in connection with a failed bomb plot targeting the Defence Ministry and the TV3 station last year.

Som Ek, the alleged leader of the antigovernment Tiger Head Movement, was sentenced to 28 years in prison for planting explosives and recruiting and training terrorists.

Last month, the court sentenced him to 18 years in prison after finding him guilty of involvement in a failed bomb plot in 2007 targeting the Cambodian-Vietnamese Friendship Monument.

Reading out the verdict on Friday, Judge Din Sivuthy accused Som Ek of “creating the Tiger Head Movement so he could plot against the government”.

“Som Ek used illegal weapons, collected, managed and received funds according to his plan,” Din Sivuthy said.

He said the 2009 plot – which involved the placement of one bomb at the Defence Ministry and two at the TV station – created a “shock to the public”.

The court also found Pov Vannara, Chea Kimyan and Loeuk Bunhean guilty of involvement in the 2009 plot, sentencing each to 20 years in prison.

Phy Savoeung, however, was acquitted, with Din Sivuthy saying there was insufficient evidence against him.

The last day of testimony dealt largely with the case against Loeuk Bunnhean, a former Defence Ministry adviser.
Uch Sophal, Loeuk Bunnhean’s lawyer, said at the time that his client should be released because the case against him hinged largely on a note he has said was part of a Defence Ministry investigation into the Tiger Head Movement. Sem Aknousanak testified that he had written the note in question at the behest of Loeuk Bunnhean, and that the suspect asked him “to take notes so that he could easily report to his boss about the terrorism group”.
But Din Sivuthy said Friday that there was enough evidence to prove that Loeuk Bunnhean was a leader of the movement, also known as the Khmer National Unity Front.
As he left the courtroom after the verdict was read, Loeuk Bunnhean continued to protest his innocence, yelling, “I served the nation for many years, but it turned out like this.”
Som Ek, meanwhile, said the verdict was “unjust”. His lawyer said he planned to appeal.

RECOMMENDED STORIES

  • Breaking: PM says prominent human rights NGO ‘must close’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Interior Ministry to investigate the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and potentially close it “because they follow foreigners”, appearing to link the rights group to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party's purported “revolution”. The CNRP - the

  • Rainsy and Sokha ‘would already be dead’: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday appeared to suggest he would have assassinated opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha had he known they were promising to “organise a new government” in the aftermath of the disputed 2013 national elections. In a clip from his speech

  • Massive ceremony at Angkor Wat will show ‘Cambodia not in anarchy’: PM

    Government officials, thousands of monks and Prime Minister Hun Sen himself will hold a massive prayer ceremony at Angkor Wat in early December to highlight the Kingdom’s continuing “peace, independence and political stability”, a spectacle observers said was designed to disguise the deterioration of

  • PM tells workers CNRP is to blame for any sanctions

    In a speech to workers yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen pinned the blame for any damage inflicted on Cambodia’s garment industry by potential economic sanctions squarely on the opposition party. “You must remember clearly that if the purchase orders are reduced, it is all