Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Prosecutor’s sentence upheld

Prosecutor’s sentence upheld

Prosecutor’s sentence upheld


Former Pursat prosecutor Top Chan Sereyvuth’s 19-year sentence, and those of his accomplices, were upheld yesterday by the Appeal Court. 


Presiding judge Pol Samoeun concurred with the previous guilty verdict against Top Chan Sereyvuth, citing his brother-in-law and drivers’ use of his position as a provincial prosecutor to extort money.

In the first case investigated by the Anti-Corruption Unit, Top Chan Sereyvuth was arrested in 2010, along with his two drivers on charges of corruption, extortion and illegal hu­man detention.

The former prosecutor’s brother-in-law, Pich Kong Yu, was also sentenced in absentia to 18 years in prison.

Two men previously testified that they had been illegally detained by Top Chan Sereyvuth’s staff while transporting logs and forced to pay US$3,000 for their release.

Forestry official Ri Lay also accepted $300 when he released the detainees, the court had heard.

Kea Chhay, defence lawyer for Top Chan Sereyvuth, said the appeal’s verdict was unfair to his client, as Ri Lay was not punished for taking a bribe.

“My client was a prosecutor, so he had the right to detain suspects of illegal logging,” Kea Chhay said, adding they would discuss the possibility of an appeal to the Supreme Court.


  • Angkor Wat named as the top landmark for the second year

    Travel website TripAdvisor has named Cambodia’s ancient wonder Angkor Wat as the top landmark in the world for the second year running in their Travelers’ Choice Award 2018, an achievement Cambodian tourism operators expect will attract more tourists to the Kingdom. The website uses traveller

  • New US bill ‘is a violation of Cambodian independence’

    After a US congressmen introduced bipartisan legislation that will enact sanctions on Cambodian officials responsible for “undermining democracy” in the Kingdom, government officials and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party on Sunday said they regarded the potential action as the “violation of independence and sovereignty

  • Hun Sen detractors ‘will die’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday said those who curse or insult him would eventually die without a plot of land to bury their bodies after being killed by lightning, suffering the same fate as those who recently died in Thmar Baing district in Koh

  • Ministry’s plan for net sparks fears

    The government has ordered all domestic and international internet traffic in the Kingdom to pass through a Data Management Centre (DMC) that has been newly created by the state-owned Telecom Cambodia, in a move some have claimed is an attempt to censor government critics. Spokesman