Court Upholds Commune Chief’s Life Sentence

The Court of Appeal on Wednesday upheld a life sentence for a former commune chief in Phnom Penh’s Prek Pnov district whose attempted assassination of his political rival led to the death of the intended victim’s 11-year-old son, a court official said.

In October 2014, Phy Nop, the former chief of Kouk Roka commune, asked Pov Bunthoeun to murder commune councilor Sorn Sin, who Mr. Nop, 48, thought was seeking to replace him.

Mr. Bunthoeun passed the job to another man, who threw a grenade at Mr. Sin as he was eating dinner with his family, killing Mr. Sin’s son.

In July of last year, Mr. Nop was sentenced by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court to life in prison for instigating premeditated murder.

“Presiding Judge Pak Chansambor decided to uphold the municipal court’s verdict of Mr. Phy Nop,” Appeal Court spokesman Touch Pharith said on Wednesday.

“The judge has reviewed it, and found he committed the crime as the municipal court charged and sentenced him.”

Mr. Nop will continue to serve his sentence in Prey Sar Prison.

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