Five Men Sentenced to 7 Years in Jail for Gang Rape

Five men were convicted Tuesday of the rape of a 19-year-old woman on the outskirts of Phnom Penh last December and sentenced to seven years in jail by the municipal court.

Long Ravuth, Phann Chanthoeun, Sar Thun, all 24, and Ya Sokhom, 25, were arrested following the rape last year.

The fifth rapist, Chhon Channet, remains at large and was tried in absentia.

In court Tuesday, Presiding Judge Nou Veasna convicted the men of aggravated rape under Article 240 of the Criminal Code, sentenced them to seven years in jail, and ordered them to pay a total of $2,000 in compensation to the victim.

During their trial on November 17, the men claimed that they met the woman on December 10, 2013, while drinking beer at a sausage shop in Pur Senchey district’s Choam Chao commune, and later went to Boeng Thom commune, where they took turns having consensual sex with her.

However, in a statement read to the court during the trial, the woman said she was driven by one of the men to a quiet forest, where he and a group of men then stripped off her clothes and raped her.

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