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Bail granted for woman accused in mother's death

Bail granted for woman accused in mother's death

A Koh Kong woman, who a representative of the rights group Adhoc says was falsely accused of killing her mother in order to steal nearly 400 grams of gold, was released on bail on Friday.

Suspect Pan Naysim was released Friday evening after provincial investigating judge Min Makara reportedly wrote a letter to the Ministry of Justice saying that there was no evidence linking her to the May 28 murder.

“No daughter would kill her mother,” Naysim said yesterday. “

Please consider this point, my mother is a widow and I am also a widow with two children. I understand how hard it is to raise children alone.”

She added that she was unsure whether the other suspect in the crime – neighbour Chea Mom, whose accusation was the only evidence against Naysim – was guilty given that they had arrived at the crime scene together.

Judge Makara declined to comment yesterday.

Naysim’s lawyer, Cheng Monyrith, welcomed his client’s release, but noted that the case was still under investigation.

Adhoc provincial coordinator Nheab Sam Oeun, whose investigation into the case also cleared Naysim, yesterday called for her charges to be formally dropped.

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