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Clerk given two-year prison term

Clerk given two-year prison term

A crooked court clerk and two people convicted of doing business with him will serve between two and three years in prison after they were sentenced yesterday.

Former Banteay Meanchey court clerk Suong Sok Heng, 22, was sentenced to five years, with three years suspended and a 6 million riel ($1,500) fine; construction company owner Uy Sopheap, 69, was sentenced to five years with two years suspended; and Sem Sokha, 42, was sentenced to three years and fined 4 million riel ($1,000) in Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday.

Sok Heng was convicted of taking a $500 bribe from Sopheap to speed up a lawsuit and helping Sohka extort money from a woman with whom she was in a car accident.

Sokha and Sok Heng were arrested after the woman reported Sok Heng to the Anti-Corruption Unit, after he intentionally kept her car accident case from reaching the courtroom.

Sopheap has said he did not bribe Sok Heng and that he would appeal.

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