Widow To Seek Payment From Heng Pov at Trial

The widow of murdered municipal court judge Sok Sethamony will seek compensation from disgraced former Phnom Penh police chief Heng Pov at the Monday trial for her husband’s killing, her lawyer said.

Nach Try declined Thursday to say how much money his client Sei Sorphon, 32, will seek from Heng Pov, who has been charged with intentional killing for the gunning down of Sok Sethamony in April 2003.

Heng Pov fled the country in July and will be tried in absentia. He has denied the killing.

Heng Pov will also be tried later this month for allegedly illegally detaining a woman, said Presiding Judge Kim Ravy. On Thursday, a lawyer for Koh Santepheap newspaper publisher Thong Uy Phang, who claims that Heng Pov tried to kill him in 1998, met with court director Chiv Keng to push for justice in his case. Heng Pov has also been charged in absentia with attempting to assassinate the publisher.

Thong Uy Phang said he hoped former municipal foreigner police chief Pheng Phay and former municipal anti-drug police chief Heng Veng will now be arrested for their alleged role in the case. Both men have also been charged in absentia over the attempted killing.

Heng Pov has denied the allegations against him, and responded with his own allegations relating to murder and corruption at the top levels of the government.

He is currently seeking political asylum outside Cambodia.


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