F AILED politician Long Bora, the man nicknamed the International Doctor of Law,
was sentenced to two years prison and fined $16,350 by the Phnom Penh Municipal
court for abusing and handcuffing a former client, Chakraval reported.
After getting his client, Hak Sokhom, released from jail, the court
heard evidence that Bora proceeded to handcuff her and slap her about. She
demanded $150,000 in damages.
However the controversial lawyer escaped
jail by hopping on a plane to Malaysia at Pochentong airport at 12 pm on May 13,
four hours before the court gave its verdict and the airport received an order
from the Interior Ministry to stop Bora leaving the country an anonymous airport
official told Chakraval.
Another official said Bora got on board without
booking a ticket.
Bora returned to Cambodia in 1992 and founded The
Cambodia Free Independent Democracy Political Party. It failed to win a seat in
the 1993 elections.
After the elections Bora set up a legal firm in
Phnom Penh claiming he had a French Certificate of Law and had practiced law for
14 years in Switzerland despite having little familiarity with the French
Bora's firm now employs more than 10 people. Before hopping on
the plane he was heard to say to an employee, "Keep up the good work at the firm
as usual, I'll be back in two months."