Former Clerk From Banteay Meanchey Jailed

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court sentenced a former Banteay Meanchey provincial court clerk to two years in jail after finding him guilty on corruption and bribery charges brought by the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU).

In February last year, the ACU arrested 28-year-old Suong Sok Heng, a clerk for provincial prosecutor Phan Vanroath, after they found a stash of cash bribes in his desk drawer.

Presiding Judge Suos Sam Ath said besides the two years in jail, Mr. Sok Heng would also be fined 6 million riel, or about $1,500.

He said that two accomplices of Mr. Sok Heng were also found guilty and sentenced by the court. Sem Sokha, 42, was found guilty for helping to forge documents, and Uy Sopheap, 69, was found guilty of bribing an authorized person to create false documents.

“The court convicts Mr. Sokha and sentences him to three years in jail, and convicts Mr. Sopheap to five years in jail suspended to two,” he said, adding that the three convicts had 30 days to appeal.

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