Lawyers made their final arguments on Friday for acquital of a former military general and his bodyguards accused in the brazen 2014 slaying of a wealthy businessman outside a Phnom Penh fruit store.
The long-running trial featured confessions, recanted testimony, tearful alibis and video surveillance footage of the gunshots that killed Ung Meng Chue, 53, as he exited his Lexus SUV on November 22, 2014.
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 bodyguards, Meas Sambath, pleaded with the court to drop the charge against him