Oeuth Ang, the former soldier on trial for slaying popular political analyst Kem Ley as he sat down for coffee and newspapers on a July morning last year, was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday morning.
The alleged killer, Chuob Samlap, is brought into the Phnom Penh municipal police headquarters during a press conference last year. (Khem Sovannara)The sentencing, however, is unlikely to appease Kem Ley’s family and legion of supporters, who have decried what they call an investigation and trial that served only to cover up what they believe was an assassination orchestrated by the ruling CPP.
Presiding Judge Leang Samnath called Mr. Ang—who has insisted on the alias Chuop Samlap, which literally means “meet kill”—to the dock at about 9 a.m. and read out the Phnom Penh Municipal Court’s decision.
“The Phnom Penh Municipal Court decides to sentence Oeuth Ang, also known as Chuop Samlap, to life in prison on charges of premeditated murder and illegal weapons possession on July 10, 2016, committed at the Caltex Starmart,” he said.
Judge Samnath said Kem Ley’s family could request compensation.
Although tens of thousands of Kem Ley’s supporters took to the streets when his body was carried from Phnom Penh to his hometown in Takeo province days after his death, only a few were outside the court yesterday.
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