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Phnom Penh Municipal Court Convicts Bank Robbers

Written By vibykhmer on Tuesday, September 8, 2009 | 3:22 AM

Written by DAP NEWS -- Tuesday, 08 September 2009

Phnom Penh Municipal Court convicted five Cambodians of robbery, according to Judge Ke Sakhon.

Um Chhivorn and Taing Lun were both sentenced to imprisonment of 9 years and fined CR2 million, and another two of the men, identified as Kim Chan La and Chan Pauv, were sentenced to 10 years and fined CR2 million riel, too. The last man, Ngov Sunra, was fined CR2 million and imprisoned for 12 years, Ke Sakhon added. “We judged them by 6, 69 and 20´ articles, all of accused men must pay US$50,000,” he added. The men were convicted of an aggravated robbery outside a bank on October 7, 2008. The men first appeared in court on August 27, 2009, a court official said.

Taing Lun, one of the robbers, told the court that “I was one of the four robbers and … after we robbed, we shared US$125,000 each.”

The three other men who took part in the robbery, Chan La, Chan Pauv and Smeth, “all carried the hammers to destroy and shoot to victims,” the court found.

One of the men, Um Chivorn, denied all the charges, claiming that “I drove my car to visit my mother at Kampot province before it occurred.”

Prosecutor Heang Sopheak said there would be an investigation into the man’s claims.

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