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Politician’s widow files appeal in land case

A lawyer for the widow of deceased Funcinpec secretary of state Ho Sok said yesterday she had filed an appeal late last month after the municipal court did not charge an official allegedly involved in a land dispute with her client.

“I believe the Appeal Court will find justice for [Ho Sok’s widow Chea Kim],” her lawyer Lin La Nin said yesterday.

Lin La Nin previously filed a complaint to the municipal court in June accusing Ros Roeun, under-secretary of state at the Ministry of Social Affairs, of posing as a representative of 32 people in an attempt to appeal against a 2007 provincial court verdict awarding 13 hectares of land in Kandal province to Chea Kim.

The municipal court did not file any charges against Ros Roeun after he was summoned for questioning in relation to the case in July.

In an April decision, the Supreme Court awarded the land in Sa’ang district to former Kandal deputy governor Prak Sav-uth, reversing the decision in favour of Chea Kim.

Previously, Chea Kim has claimed that the land belonged to Ho Sok, an Interior Ministry official who was killed during factional fighting between Funcinpec and the Cambodian People’s Party in 1997.

Ros Roeun was one of 29 officials accused by Chea Kim in May of involvement in the dispute. He could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Appeal Court prosecutor Ouk Savuth said he had not yet received the appeal.

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