A lawyer said on Wednesday that he has petitioned the Court of Appeal for the bail of a CNRP official charged over a hit-and-run in which he allegedly injured a 6-year-old boy.
“We have filed a complaint with the Appeal Court, asking to review the provisional detention because the charge was unfair to our client,” attorney Sam Sokong said.
Chan Senghurt, chief of the CNRP’s Pursat provincial executive committee, was arrested on Saturday about 40 km from where the boy, Nat Sovandy, was struck by Mr. Senghurt’s SUV in Veal Veng district’s Pramoy commune.
Mr. Sokong said he filed the complaint on Tuesday after a provincial court investigating judge refused to release his client.
He said the case was “political” and that similar cases were usually resolved out of court after victims agreed to accept compensation.
CNRP officials gave the boy’s family about $575, Mr. Senghurt said earlier this week.
Mr. Senghurt was being detained at the provincial prison, Mr. Sokong said.