Court Questions Tycoon in Dispute With His Brother

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Wednesday questioned an elderly tycoon who was jailed earlier this month in a real estate dispute with his brother, also a prominent businessman.

Huot Seng Long, 76, who also uses the name Thai Seng Long, was questioned in a closed-door session for nearly eight hours by Investigating Judge Oeung Sieng, deputy prosecutor Sieng Sok said.

Judge Sieng declined to comment on the questioning. Mr. Seng Long and his defense lawyer, Chan Vichet, also declined to comment.

Mr. Seng Long, the owner of the Huotraco company, was arrested last week on a complaint from his brother, Huot Vanthan, the owner of mobile network operator Beeline.

Mr. Vanthan alleges that his older brother falsely altered property documents in order to take ownership of Mr. Vanthan’s home, then sold the house and pocketed the proceeds.

Mr. Seng Long was hospitalized for two days after his arrest and treated for high blood pressure.

After recovering, he was charged on Saturday with breach of trust and detained at PJ Prison.

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