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Appellate Court Decides to Give Sam Bith Life Imprisonment

Posted by khmernews on December 13, 2006

Phnom Penh: The appellate court decided to give life imprisonment to a former Khmer Rouge [KR] leader, who is involved with a train attack, killing 10 Cambodians and three foreign hostages in Phnom Voar of Kampot province in 1994, and ordered him to give Riel 150 million in compensation to families of 10 deceased Cambodians and US$20,000 to each family of there deceased foreigners.

On 5 December 2006, the Appellate court, after having already questioned him on 1 December 2006, announced a verdict for the former KR leader Sam Bith, who had ordered to attack the train in Rotes village, Kompong Trach district, Kampot province, in which 10 Cambodians died at the scene of attack and three foreign hostages whose name are David Wilson (Australian), Mark Slater (English), Jean-Michael Braquet (French) were kidnapped and killed later.

The Appellate Court’s verdict kept its decision made on 29 March 2006 remaining the same, sentencing the former KR leader Sam Bith to life imprisonment on accusation of collusion with six crimal cases, such as intentionally manslaughter, illegally human detention, illegal armed forces operation, armed robbery, terrorism, and intentionally destroying public properties.

The Appellate Court ordered him to give Riel150 million in compensation to families of 10 dead Cambodians and US$20,000 to each families of three dead foreigners.

It should be noted that on 26 July 1994, Sam Bith ordered Nuon Paet and Chhouk Rin to lead a group of armed forces to ambush and to attack a train in Rotes village, Kompong Trach district, Kampot province. In the attack, 10 Cambodians were killed, three were injured, a locomotive was broken, and passengers’ properties were robbed. Moreover, three foreigners were kidnapped and later killed in September 1994.

On 12-13 December 2002, the Phnom Penh Municipal Court sentenced Sambith to life imprisonment, but he lodged an appeal against such a decision.

On 29 March, the Appellate Court tried Sam Bith in absentia to life imprisonment as well. However, Sambith filed another lawsuit against the decision on the ground that he was receiving medical treatment in Monivong Hospital.

The Appellate Court brought the case to the trial again on 1 December.

Extracted from:  Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol. 14, #4151, Wednesday 06 December 2006

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