Search form

Login - Register | FOLLOW US ON

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Rights group staffers, election official, UN employee charged over 'bribery'

People crowd around Ny Sokha's vehicle on Sunday night as he is driven out of Phnom Penh Municipal Court after questioning.
People crowd around Ny Sokha's vehicle on Sunday night as he is driven out of Phnom Penh Municipal Court after questioning. Hong Menea

Rights group staffers, election official, UN employee charged over 'bribery'

Prosecutors at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court have charged four Adhoc staffers with bribing a witness, and an election official and UN staffer as accomplices to bribing a witness in relation to opposition leader Kem Sokha’s alleged extramarital affair scandal, according to court spokesman Ly Sophanna.

The four Adhoc staffers - Ny Sokha, Yi Soksan, Nay Vanda and Lem Mony - returned to court this morning and will be charged under Article 548 of the criminal code for bribing a witness, whereas National Election Committee Deputy Secretary-General Ny Chakrya and UN staffer Sally Soen are charged as accomplices, Sophanna said.

“Prosecution officials have finished questioning them, and after reviewing all documents received from Anti-Corruption Unit, they have decided to charge Ny Sokha, Nay Vanda, Yi Soksan, Lem Mony following Article 548 of the penal code for bribing a witness,” Sophanna added.

Sam Sokong, defense lawyer for Chakrya, confirmed the charge, and said that the investigating judge was now questioning the five.

“The judge will question them and will decide if the charges hold,” he said, adding that he was unsure if they would be sent to prison if the charges were confirmed.

The five, who were detained by the Anti-Corruption Unit last Thursday, were produced in court yesterday over allegations from 24-year-old salon worker Khom Chandaraty, who claimed they asked her to lie about her alleged relationship with Sokha.

Soen, an employee with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), did not appear before the ACU last week, with the UN stating he enjoyed immunity under the Convention on the Immunities and Privileges of the United Nations, though Prime Minister Hun Sen has insisted that even UN immunity cannot protect employees from prosecution.

0

Comments

Please, login or register to post a comment

Latest Video

Phnom Penh eats: Homegrown veggies at Bayon Beoung Snor

​Nestled along National Road 1, Bayon Beoung Snor is a farm-cum-restaurant. The team grows their own vegetables, which they then use to whip up traditional Khmer food.

Bill Clough reflects on The Phnom Penh Post's 25 year history

The Post's publisher Bill Clough, under whose leadership the publication went from a fortnightly to a daily one, discusses his investment in Cambodia, his vision for the paper in an increasingly digital age,

People search for their names on the voter lists at a polling station in Kampong Cham’s Veal Vong commune earlier this month.

Four years ago, when the opposition snatched Kampong Cham away from the ruling party in 2013 national elections, it hinted at a deeper shift taking

Comfrel Executive Director Koul Panha speaks to the press at a meeting yesterday in Phnom Penh.

As the National Election Committee launched into the recount proc