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Indonesian tourist faces new $35,000 theft charge

An Indonesian tourist embroiled in a court case over the theft of US$60,0000 was put on trial again yesterday accused of  stealing an additional $35,000 in cash from a telecommunications company cashier.

The second trial came despite his claim that he was not in Cambodia at the time of either of the pair of offences.

Dainavil Saputra, aged 27, appeared at Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday along with fellow Indonesian holidaymaker 32-year-old Rahman Ali.

Judge Keo Mony said the pair were arrested in March this year after Chea Samneang, a Metfone cashier, had $35,000 stolen from her on February 9.

She had taken out money for staff salaries from an Acleda bank branch in Phnom Penh and was robbed while carrying it to her office in Tuol Kork district, he said.

“Dainavil Saputra is the main suspect in this case. Rahman Ali is the suspected motorbike driver who helped Dainavil Saputra escape after he stole the money,” said Judge Keo Mony.

Dainavil Saputra has also been charged by the court with stealing more than $60,000 from a 45-year-old woman on February 24 in Phnom Penh.

That case is currently being reinvestigated, so police can investigate claims that he was not in the Kingdom at the time the robbery took place.

Yesterday, both men denied the charges, saying they were in Indonesia when the robbery took place. They said they entered Cambodia as tourists via Poipet international checkpoint on February 5 and left on February 9. They returned to Cambodia on March 15, the pair said.

Defence lawyer Pich Sorya said they had been wrongfully arrested.

“There is no proof or evidence … because they were not staying in Cambodia. I would like to ask the court to drop charges against them and release them,” Pich Sorya  said.

A verdict in the case is due on August 31.



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