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Hearing voices: Recording purportedly from tycoon

As authorities continued their search yesterday for fugitive tycoon Thong Sarath, an audio clip purportedly of him pleading for Prime Minister Hun Sen’s help circulated on social media.

“Prime Minister, only you can help find justice for me, my family and my bodyguards,” the voice on the unverified recording says. “This injustice will bankrupt my company [Borey 999].… We [my family and I] cannot access money from our banks … only the PM can help.”

Sarath is wanted for the murder of tycoon Ung Meng Cheu on November 22. Four of his bodyguards have been charged over the murder, two as accomplices, while his parents have been charged with illegal weapon possession.

A representative of Borey 999, Sarath’s company, said the voice on the recording belonged to the tycoon, though the Post could not independently verify its authenticity.

Police and court officials declined to comment.

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