Polonsky to Go on Trial Friday

Former Russian billionaire Sergei Polonsky will go on trial Friday for allegedly threatening six Cambodians with a knife and forcing them to jump off a boat in 2012, according to a court official.

The Preah Sihanouk provincial court will hear the case against the wanted Russian oligarch, who is facing charges of intentional violence, said court prosecutor Chat Soreaksmey.

“I already signed the documents to send this case to trial on Friday,” she said.

Mr. Polonsky was arrested in December 2012 and spent about four months in Preah Sihanouk provincial prison before he was released on bail in April 2013.

But his legal woes have continued to mount.

Twice in the past year, Russian authorities charged Mr. Polonsky in absentia for embezzlement and twice attempted to extradite him. In both cases, the Cambodian Appeal Court and Supreme Court rejected the requests.

Update

The Preah Sihanouk provincial court has delayed Friday’s trial of former Russian billionaire Sergei Polonsky, according to Mr. Polonsky’s lawyer, Benson Samay.

“The court told me they delayed the hearing tomorrow, but did not say when the new hearing will be scheduled,” he said.

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