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Heng Pov convictions upheld again

Former Phnom Penh Police Chief Heng Pov is escorted by authorities to the Supreme Court for his hearing in March.
Former Phnom Penh Police Chief Heng Pov is escorted by authorities to the Supreme Court for his hearing in March. Pha Lina

Heng Pov convictions upheld again

Cambodia’s Supreme Court yesterday upheld convictions against disgraced former Phnom Penh Police Chief Heng Pov, who is serving a 103-year jail term for a slew of crimes including murder, extortion, illegal detention and possession of counterfeit money.

Supreme Court spokesman Nou Mony Choth yesterday said the court had decided to “uphold the decision of the Appeal Court” in two of Pov’s guilty verdicts.

The first was a 14-year sentence for possessing $30,000 in fake US currency; the second, his five-year sentence for locking up a supposed thief after a court had already dismissed the suspect’s case.

Nou Chantha, Pov’s defence lawyer, could not be reached for comment. Pov, 60, previously argued he could not trust his assigned lawyer and sought to have his assets unfrozen in a bid to pay a lawyer of his choice.

He has also claimed that Lieutenant General Mok Chito – with whom he has a long history of animosity – framed him by planting counterfeit money at his house during a raid in 2006, and has claimed Chito was responsible for the kidnapping. Chito has denied both accusations.

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