Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Huong handed over

Huong handed over

Lay Huong (right) is escorted from the Phnom Penh Municipal Court
Lay Huong (right) is escorted from the Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday morning after she was repatriated from Thailand on Tuesday night. Pha Lina

Huong handed over

The former common law wife of a prominent tycoon was repatriated from Thailand on Tuesday night after being arrested there for her alleged masterminding of a convoluted and ultimately unsuccessful plot to assassinate the wife of Cambodian Commerce Minister Sun Chanthol, police said yesterday.

Major General Chhay Bunna, chief of the Poipet International Checkpoint on the Thai border, said that Lay Huong, who was arrested last month in Thailand, had been sent across by Thai Interpol officers at about 9pm on Tuesday.

“After receiving her from the Thais, she was soon sent by car to the Ministry of Interior in Phnom Penh,” he said.

While Huong appeared at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday, a senior officer at the Penal Police Department at the Ministry of Interior who asked not to be named said that Huong was slated to be sent again for questioning this morning.

Huong, 49, was in a long-term relationship with tycoon Khaou Phallaboth, himself the eldest son of well-known tycoon Khaou Chuly.

She was sentenced in absentia to life in prison in 2012 for purportedly arranging the rape and murder of Chanthol’s wife, Sun Sotha – who was also Khaou Chuly’s stepdaughter – though a locked window foiled the assailants, the victims maintained.

Huong’s accomplices included Seng Chenda – the wife of Khaou Chuly – her bodyguard Sok Lak, and cleaners Chan Sokha and Neang Sinath, all of whom were handed sentences ranging from 18 to 20 years in prison.

Neither Huong nor her defence lawyer, Ty Kimsrean, could be reached for comment yesterday.

MOST VIEWED

  • Restrictions re-imposed in capital as Covid cases surge

    Amid the ongoing community outbreak of Covid-19, which has shown no sign of subsiding with 750 infections and 10 deaths reported on June 2 alone, the Phnom Penh Municipal Administration has decided to re-impose the suspension of all occupations and business activities deemed as posing high risk of

  • Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville expressway 51% complete

    The construction of the nearly $2 billion Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville Expressway is 51.35 per cent complete and is expected to be finished in 2023, according to Ministry of Public Works and Transport secretary of state Vasim Sorya. Invested in by Cambodian PPSHV Expressway Co Ltd, the first expressway in

  • First 7-Eleven store to open mid-June, ambassador says

    Thai retail conglomerate CP All Pcl will open Cambodia’s first 7-Eleven convenience store in mid-June, Cambodian ambassador to Thailand Ouk Sorphorn told The Post on June 1. The Bangkok-listed 7-Eleven franchise operator, the retail arm of Charoen Pokphand Group Co Ltd, granted CP All (Cambodia)

  • 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

  • US embassy guard gets Covid despite two doses of Pfizer jab

    The Covid-19 tracking commission on June 4 said a security guard at the US embassy in Phnom Penh had contracted the novel coronavirus, despite having received a second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech shot two weeks ago. Embassy spokesperson Chad Roedemeier confirmed the SARS-CoV-2 infection to The

  • 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