Supreme Court Postpones Hearing on Luxury Hotel

The Supreme Court on Wednesday postponed its hearing of a long-running legal dispute between French shareholders in Siem Reap’s luxury Victoria Angkor Resort and Spa after a two-hour hearing saw no new evidence presented.

Khim Ponn, vice president of the Supreme Court and head of the nine-judge panel presiding over the case, announced that the hearing would be postponed, citing a lack of support for claims that the hotel’s majority shareholder is guilty of embezzlement and breach of trust.

Francois Gontier, CEO of Eaux et Electricite de Madagascar (EEM), a French company that holds 75 percent of the shares in Victoria Angkor, has defended himself in court on four separate occasions since a 2011 complaint was filed by a business partner, Pierre Ader, who owns a two percent share in the hotel.

“By seeing that there is some complications in this case, the Supreme Court would like to postpone the hearing,” Judge Kim Sathavy, a member of the presiding panel, announced without elaborating. She said the court would continue hearing the case on June 26.

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