Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Chea Sim bodyguard appeals sentence

Chea Sim bodyguard appeals sentence

Former military officer Chhoeun Chanthan appears at an Appeal Court hearing in 2015.
Former military officer Chhoeun Chanthan appears at an Appeal Court hearing in 2015. Pha Lina

Chea Sim bodyguard appeals sentence

A former senior army official and head of the late Chea Sim’s bodyguard unit yesterday appealed to the Supreme Court to once again reduce his jail time for a raft of crimes including embezzlement, weapons possession, breach of trust and forgery.

Lieutenant General Chhoeun Chanthan, also known as Mao, was arrested in 2011 on accusations of using a dead man’s identity to secure a high-ranking Royal Cambodian Armed Forces position and embezzling up to $2 million from the government, among other crimes. He was sentenced to 36 years in prison – 26 years in a military court and 10 years for a civil case.

In 2015, the Court of Appeal slashed the three-star official’s military jail term from 26 years to 15 after the Supreme Court ordered it to re-examine his case. That same ruling upheld his 10-year civil sentence.

Chanthan and his lawyer, Put Theavy, yesterday sought to have his military jail term reduced again, to 10 years, with Theavy saying he ultimately hoped the prison term could be “absorbed” so his client would not serve more than 15 years total. A verdict is due on October 9.

MOST VIEWED

  • With herd immunity likely in 2022, is Cambodia ready to reopen for tourism?

    The government aims to inoculate 80 per cent of the target population by June next year, giving it a head start among regional peers to reboot the sector but first, it has to do a few things to up its game A sign on a glass

  • Quarantine still a must for all arrivals, in next Covid chapter

    Since early May, an average of five to 10 Cambodian people have died from Covid-19 a day with many others testing positive amid the ongoing community outbreak. At the same time, however, hundreds of patients also recovered a day. The first Covid-19 case in Cambodia was

  • US wants 'full access' to Ream Naval Base

    On June 11, the US embassy's Defense Attaché Colonel Marcus M Ferrara visited Ream Nava Base in coordination with Cambodian officials following the recent approval of Prime minister Hun Sen to allay the concerns on Chinese military presence at the base as raised by US Deputy

  • Jab drive heading to 5 provinces

    The government is set to vaccinate more than 1.2 million people in five provinces after finishing with Phnom Penh and neighbouring Kandal in an ongoing campaign administered by the ministries of Health and National Defence. The five provinces are Preah Sihanouk, Kampong Speu, Takeo, Kampong Cham

  • New immigration bill targets illegal foreigners in Kingdom

    General Department of Immigration (GDI) officials are discussing revisions to the new draft law on immigration to prevent foreigners from entering Cambodia illegally and to supervise those living in the Kingdom more effectively. The revisions draw wide support among civil society organisations. GDI director-general Kirth

  • Kingdom set to be a gold producer

    Cambodia will soon join the roster of gold producing countries after the government announced the commencement of commercial gold mining operations in the Okvau area in southwestern Mondulkiri province's Keo Seima district from June 21. Prime Minister Hun Sen on June 10 announced that after 14 years of