Fraud Trial of British Man Delayed for Third Time

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court once again postponed the trial of British businessman Gregg Fryett on Tuesday after he and three fellow defendants, all facing fraud charges, declared they were not given proper notice of the hearing.

Mr. Fryett, 47, the former chairman of the U.K.-based Sustainable Growth Group—which has been under investigation by Britain’s Serious Fraud Office for selling stakes in a Cambodian bio-fuel project that went bust—said he had not had enough time to prepare.

British businessman Gregg Fryett enters the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Tuesday with fellow prisoners. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)
British businessman Gregg Fryett enters the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Tuesday with fellow prisoners. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

“I have no translator, so on that basis I ask for the trial to be postponed,” he told the judge.

Mr. Fryett said he was only told of the court date at 4 p.m. on Monday and had no time to arrange for a translator. He rejected the court’s offer of an interpreter. The other three suspects —Ourm Samnang, Soeun Denny and Ouk Keo Rattanak—also said that they were not prepared.

After a brief discussion with his colleagues on the bench, presiding Judge Chuon Soreasey said the court would postpone the hearing.

“The court has decided to delay the case…in order to…not harm the suspects’ rights,” he said.

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