Businessman Sued by Brother Released From Prison

Prominent businessman Huot Seng Long was released from custody at PJ Prison on Thursday, where he has been jailed since Saturday after being arrested on a breach-of-trust complaint filed by his tycoon brother.

Prison director Hou Puthpisal said the Phnom Penh Municipal Court had ordered the tycoon released.

“I just know that the court released him. He left PJ Prison at 4:30 p.m., but I don’t know whether the court dropped charges or released him on bail,” Mr. Puthpisal said.

Mr. Seng Long, who also goes by the name Thai Seng Long, owns the local company Huotraco and was sued by his brother, Huot Vanthan, the owner of the Beeline mobile telephone operator, over a property dispute.

Following his arrest, Mr. Seng Long, 76, spent two days in hospital receiving treatment for high blood pressure.

After a second day of questioning at court Thursday, he looked unwell and was unable to walk unassisted from the courtroom to a police van.

Mr. Seng Long’s lawyer, Chan Vichet, declined to comment on his client’s release.

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