Jailed Lawyer Denies Hun Sen Park Joyride

Controversial lawyer David Chan­aiwa has denied police statements accusing him of destroying public property and violating traffic laws by driving his Hum­mer—the civilian-use model of the military Humvee vehicle—across Hun Sen Park last month.

Interior Ministry Information De­partment Director Chhay Sina­rith said last month that Chana­iwa was arrested on Aug 22 after being questioned by police over the alleged incident.

In a letter dated Monday, Chana­­­iwa called his arrest unlawful, ad­ding: “I have never confessed I drove the car through to damage the garden for fun as informed by the Interior Ministry Information Bur­eau Director, Chhay Sinarith.

“Instead, I informed them of the de­scription of the person who drove the car. Until today there isn’t any relevant evidence for the charges they put on me,” Chana­iwa wrote.

Chhay Sinarith did not answer repeated calls Tuesday.

Chanaiwa, a US-educated law­yer who made his name rep­resen­ting garment factory owners in high profile labor disputes, also denied that he had been put in PJ Prison following the arrest.

Chanaiwa was scheduled to be incarcerated at PJ Prison but was transferred at the last minute to Prey Sar prison in the days following the alleged incident, officials said at the time.

A staff member at Chanaiwa’s law firm said that he was uncertain of Chanaiwa’s whereabouts as he has many clients.

Chanaiwa could not be contacted by telephone, but Kim Sarin, director of Correctional Center 1 at Prey Sar prison, said Chanaiwa re­mains in detention.

“He is still detained in prison,” Kim Sarin said. “No one bailed him out yet.”


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