Lawyers made their final arguments for acquittal on Friday for a former military general and his bodyguards accused in the brazen 2014 slaying of a wealthy businessman outside a Phnom Penh fruit stand.
The long-running trial featured confessions, recanted testimony, tearful alibis and video surveillance footage of the gunshots that killed Ung Meng Chue as he exited his Lexus SUV on November 22, 2014.
Thong Sarath leaves the Court of Appeal in Phnom Penh in 2015. (Jens Welding Ollgaard/The Cambodia Daily) General Thong Sarath, a real estate tycoon accused of ordering the hit, never appeared at the trial, citing ill health. His bodyguards pleaded not guilty on Friday and reiterated their claims that despite their earlier confessions, they had not participated in the murder.

Standing in the dock near the end of the trial, one of Mr. Sarath’s bodygrounds, Meas Sambath, pleaded with the court to drop the charge against him