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Five sentenced over Phnom Penh grenade attack

Suspects in the Phnom Penh grenade attack are guarded by authorities during a press conference at the Ministry of Interior in September last year
Suspects in the Phnom Penh grenade attack are guarded by authorities during a press conference at the Ministry of Interior in September last year. Mech Dara

Five sentenced over Phnom Penh grenade attack

Phnom Penh Municipal Court has delivered life sentences to three people and 30-year jail terms to two more for their roles in a grenade attack in the capital’s Boeung Keng Kang III commune in September last year.

The failed assassination plot left several people injured after the explosive missed its intended target, a shop belonging to 36-year-old Ea Lyhour – the ex-boyfriend of the mastermind – and rolled into street 163 and exploded.

The mastermind, Sok Kimly, 41, and the two men contracted to kill Lyhour – Bun Pheakdey, 32, and Sak Mab, 36 – were on Friday found guilty of premeditated murder and yesterday received life sentences.

Another two – Nou Somban, 33, and Pheakdey’s girlfriend, Bou Sophea, 25 – were found guilty of being accomplices to premeditated murder and were handed 30-year terms.

Reached yesterday, Kimly’s defence lawyer Suy Sokhon – who relayed the information about the sentences – said his client maintained her innocence and would appeal.

“The case has no evidence; she was only accused by others. The suspicions are not real evidence,” Sokhon said. “There was no real evidence like a video clip or an eyewitness, so I requested the court to drop the charge against my client.”

Kimly and three other people were convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison each in June over a separate failed 2015 plot to shoot the same ex-boyfriend.

“The previous case, I have already appealed, and this case I will appeal too,” the lawyer said, adding that Lyhour had withdrawn his complaint.

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