The former head of an informal credit association – known as a tontine – who was accused of fraud and arrested some seven months ago was released on bail by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday.
With the support of the Cambodian Bar Association, the tontine leader, Ream Darin, 48, had been involved in a legal battle to be released on bail after being detained for a period double the length of the pre-trial detention legally permitted under the Cambodian penal code, even after a judge ordered the reinvestigation of her case in December.
“The court received defence lawyer Im Socheat’s complaint, and released Darin,” presiding Judge Y Thavarak said yesterday.
“The plaintiffs can appeal.”
Prosecutor Sy Vanny acknowledged Darin’s detention was lengthy and accepted her release on grounds that Darin had a job and an official address, making it easier to summons her again.
After the roughly 30-minute hearing, Darin’s lawyer, Im Socheat, said that such lengthy detentions were common.
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