Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Chanaiwa appeals the PP court’s bail denial




Chanaiwa appeals the PP court’s bail denial

Chanaiwa appeals the PP court’s bail denial

Disbarred lawyer David Chanaiwa called on the Appeal Court yesterday to accept a bail request shot down last month by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court.

Chanaiwa, who stands accused of beating a group of journalists earlier this year after they tried to take his photo following a car crash, appeared in court yesterday to beg for lenience. While the lower court rejected the request on the grounds that the lawyer, a Cambodian-American investor and former Chea Sim adviser, posed a flight risk, Chanaiwa sought to assure judges he had no intention of leaving.

“I have a role as a legal advisor to the Senate and a rank equivalent to Secretary of State. I promise not to escape and to come back when the court needs me. And I will post a bail of 20 million riel ($5,000),” he said.

The badboy lawyer and six others were arrested in March after allegedly assaulting a crew of television and print journalists, who recorded ample documentation of the melee. Chanaiwa separately stands accused of illegal use of a weapon – a charge for which he was convicted in absentia in 2011 but never arrested.

Chanaiwa has repeatedly denied the accusations against him and insisted he was not involved in the crash and appeared on the scene only to help his nephew, who also stands charged in the assault.

MOST VIEWED

  • CDRI poll: Most happy but disappointments still exist

    A survey has found that over 70 per cent of Cambodian youths and adults approve of the direction the country is headed in, with the majority of respondents saying they had been doing better financially over the past five years. However, more than half said they

  • Drugs raid on Miami Night Club, 50 held

    Anti-drugs police raided a club in Chamkarmon district’s Boeung Keng Kang I commune in Phnom Penh early on Thursday, arresting some 50 people and confiscating drug-producing equipment and suspected illegal substances. Deputy National Police chief Mok Chito said on Thursday that police conducted the raid

  • Phnom Penh: The street food you adore, but given a refined twist

    There is no shortage of street food vendors scattered across Phnom Penh, but what is far rarer is finding a place that also has comfortable seating, good hygiene and parking. This is where Jing Ling and her five friends step in. With the concept of

  • Battambang court releases minor who shot boy

    The Battambang provincial court on Thursday released a 14-year-old boy who had been detained for accidentally firing a home-made gun and killing a nine-year-old boy in Samlot district on Tuesday, provincial court spokesman Tieng Sambor said. Sambor told The Post on Thursday that following the