Convicts in Tycoon Murder Denied Early Release

Phnom Penh Municipal Court Judge Kim Rathnarin said on Monday he denied requests by two people convicted of bribery in connection to the 2014 murder of a tycoon in Phnom Penh that would have consolidated their multiple convictions and seen them released.

The cases relate to the murder of Ung Meng Chue, who was gunned down outside a fruit shop.

Keo Sary, the mother of former military general Thong Sarath, was sentenced to two years in prison for illegal weapons possession in 2015, then given two more years for active trading in influence—a crime that relates to bribing a public official—last year.

Meanwhile, Pech Prum Mony, a former bodyguard for Ang Mealaktei, a disgraced former court director, was sentenced to 18 months in jail for unlawful interference in the discharge of public functions in 2015, and five years—with three years suspended—for passive trading in influence, or receiving bribes, last year.

Both had separately requested that their two sentences be consolidated.

As they have already served two years in jail, both would have been set free had the requests been granted.

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