Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - KNLF member asks for reduced sentence

KNLF member asks for reduced sentence

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Hin Chan, a member of the Khmer National Liberation Front, is led into the Supreme Court on Wednesday. Pha Lina

KNLF member asks for reduced sentence

A member of the banned Khmer National Liberation Front (KNLF) asked the Supreme Court on Wednesday to reduce his jail term to five years from seven, claiming he did not know that the KNLF was a terrorist group.

Hin Chan, 36, told the court he was not aware the group had been labelled a terrorist organisation by the government.

“I joined the KNLF in Thailand because I learned new things and wanted to implement them and contribute something to the nation. I did not know what I did went against the government,” Chan said in testimony to the court panel, presided by Judge Kong Srim.

Chan was arrested in Cambodia while distributing KNLF booklets and other material. He had travelled from Thailand with a forged passport. He was sentenced to seven years for conspiracy to overthrow the government and forgery of a public document.

“I brought the booklets along because I wanted to share the information in them. But the government said this activity is wrong. I would like the court to lower my sentence to five years because the people I so believed in had ‘ill-intended minds’.

“If I had known that before, I would not have gone against the heroic achievements of Samdech Hun Sen,” Chan said.

His lawyers, Sam Sokong and Sous Vannak, said because their client did not know the KNLF was a terrorist organisation, he couldn’t have intended to overthrow the government.

Nevertheless, the prosecutor, Uk Kimsith, said Chan had participated in several seminars in Bangkok organised by Sam Serey, the KNLF leader who was sentenced in 2016 to nine years in prison for conspiracy.

The verdict is due to be delivered next Monday.

MOST VIEWED

  • Rainsy vow to return on Nov 9 dismissed as ‘political warfare’

    An announcement from the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) that its “acting president” Sam Rainsy would return to the Kingdom on November 9 was dismissed on Sunday as “political warfare”. The CNRP made the announcement on Friday after a permanent committee meeting chaired by

  • Kingdom rejects VN request

    Cambodia rebuffed Vietnam’s request to provide nationality to its citizens living in Kratie, Mondulkiri, Ratanakiri and Stung Treng provinces, with officials saying law enforcement is the Kingdom’s responsibility. Chheang Vun, the head of the National Assembly’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation,

  • Official transferred after pointing at car with foot

    The deputy director of the Siem Reap provincial Registration and Driver’s Licence Unit at the Department of Public Works and Transport who last week pointed at the number plate of a car taken in for a technical check with her foot has been transferred.

  • PM sues Rainsy in Paris court

    Prime Minister Hun Sen and Dy Vichea, the deputy chief of the National Police, filed lawsuits against Sam Rainsy, the “acting president” of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), for defamation in a Parisian court on Tuesday. The court action comes after Rainsy,