Phnom Penh: The Supreme Court yesterday rejected the bail application of former Battambang Deputy Governor Su Arafat over corruption in a land dispute. 5,000 hectares in Koas Kralor district, Battambang province, after the trial on December 30.
In the courtroom yesterday, in the absence of the accused and his lawyer, Chhun Marosa, Judge Kim Sathavy stated that the case involved defendant Su Arafat. However, due to the absence of the accused, she did not give a reason for the decision to be read in the courtroom.
In this case, the accused filed an appeal through his lawyer to the Supreme Court on October 6, 2020, and the Supreme Court The case was brought to trial on December 30.
"The Supreme Court has discussed and considered that the September 3, 2020 verdict of the Criminal Court of the Court of Appeal was not allowed," she said. Keeping the accused out of jail is right. Therefore, the court decided to uphold this verdict.
Mr. Su Arafat has not yet been tried by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on the merits of the land dispute.
According to police records, in 2015, a land dispute occurred in Koas Kralor district between about 200 families and a tycoon. Name Song Thorn on an area of more than 5,000 hectares. Then, a group of people complained to the volunteer lawyer of Prime Minister Hun Sen until the search area was disputed. .
Later, an investigation by the Anti-Corruption Unit led to the arrest of Song Thorn and his involvement with Su Arafat.
Mr. Su Arafat was sent to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court by the Anti-Corruption Unit on the night of July 1, 2020. The report goes on to say that Mr. Song Thorn and Mr. Sou Arafat, after being questioned by Deputy Prosecutor Soeun Moniroth, Song Thorn, were charged with embezzlement and vandalism. Intentional and bribery under Articles 601 and 605 of the Penal Code.
Mr. Su Arafat was charged with bribery and intentional vandalism and embezzlement under Articles 601, 605 and 595. Judge Im Vannak issued a detention order on July 7, 2020.
In connection with this charge, if the court finds that the accused is guilty under Article 595 for bribery, he shall be sentenced to 7 to 15 years. Article 601 "intentional destruction and unlawful destruction" is punishable by 5 to 10 years. As for Article 605, bribery is punishable by 5 to 10 years.