Search form

Login - Register | FOLLOW US ON

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - HIV doctor trial wraps in Battambang after 5 days

HIV doctor trial wraps in Battambang after 5 days

The trial of the man charged with infecting almost 300 people with HIV in Battambang province’s Roka commune closed yesterday, with judges due to give their verdict in early December.

During five days of hearings at Battambang Provincial Court, more than 100 people gave evidence in the case of Yem Chroeum, who is accused of intentionally transmitting HIV, running an unlicensed clinic and murder involving torture.

Chroeum has maintained his innocence throughout, with his lawyer, Em Savan, yesterday insisting that he spread the virus by accident. “My client did not have any evil intent to spread HIV to villagers; I would like to call on the court to consider this according to the law”, Savan said.

Many of those who were infected are demanding between 5 million and 10 million riel (approximately $1,100 to $2,200) in compensation, as well as a prison sentence for Chroeum.

The HIV outbreak, which came to light in December 2014, has so far left 290 people infected, with 10 elderly people dying from complications.

The verdict is due to be handed down on December 3.

0

Comments

Please, login or register to post a comment

Latest Video

Bodies of Cambodian peacekeepers returned to Kingdom

The bodies of four Cambodian peacekeepers killed by a Christian militia in Central African Republic were repatriated to the Kingdom and honoured in an airport ceremony on May 21.

Phnom Penh eats: Ptas Nak Battambang

As the name suggests, Ptsa Nak Battambang – which in English means Battambang's house – is the right place for those who want to try some of the province's typical dishes in Phnom Penh.

Political analyst Kim Sok who is seen being escorted into a police van after his bail was denied in March at the Appeals Court in Phnom Penh, announced that he will go on hunger strike in Prey Say prison from today until the June 4 commune elections.

Imprisoned political analyst and social commentator

Military police stand guard outside a polling station that was allegedly prematurely closed to eligible voters during the 2013 general election in Kandal province. Photo supplied

The Ministry of Defence on Friday lashed out at civil society and election monitoring groups, claiming a