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Judge agrees to delay trial

Judge agrees to delay trial

Greg Thomas Fryett, a British businessman arrested by the Anti-Corruption Unit last year for alleged links to a multimillion-dollar Ponzi scheme, went on trial on Friday at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court.

Fryett and five others who also appeared in court are linked to a money-laundering operation worth more than $11 million. But Fryett, who is charged with faking public documents, fraud, bribery, using fake documents and clearing a state forest, asked for the judges and court hearing the case to be changed.

He said he did not believe the Phnom Penh court could be trusted to hear the case in an unbiased manner, given high-ranking government officials linked to the case had not been arrested or charged.

Presiding judge Top Chhunheng agreed, postponing the trial to an unspecified date and saying the Appeal Court would make the decision.

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