Court Up Holds Hang Chakra

Cambodian Appeal Court Up Holds Hang Chakra
Written by DAP-NEW -- Wednesday, 12 August 2009 02:46

former publisher Hang Chakra walks from the prison´s van

at the appeal court

Cambodian appeal court judges on Tuesday ruled Khmer

Morchaksrok newspaper publisher, Hang Chakra, to be

imprisoned for one year and fined 9 Million riel as the

ruling made by Phnom Penh municipal court declared

the verdict in June, 2009.

"I am willing to confess what I have done wrongly for the

publishing in my newspaper," Hang Chakra told court.

However, he asked the judge consultant to take charges

off him and to stay free.

Choung Chugni, Hang Chakra's lawyer told the court that

his client is a journalist so that the court has to use media

rules to charge.

"I ask the judge consultants to reject Phnom Penh court's

ruling which declared the verdict on June 26, 2009 and

to free my client from the prison ," Choung Chugni said

in the court.

However, this declaration was refused by the government's

lawyer. "I ask the judges to follow the Phnom Penh municipal

court's ruling," Soun Chanthorn told the court.

"Hang Chakra did not uncover a real source of the

information so that he published not properly, therefore,

the court has to keep him in prison continually," he added.

However, Hang Chakra's lawyer told reporter after the court

ended that he will go on with Supreme Court as saying that

"I will file complaint to Supreme Court if my client request."

Hang Chakra, aged 55, was filed complaint from

government's lawyer over publishing wrong information

and instigating and he was arrested by police in June, 2009

in Battam Bang province following the Phnom Penh court

ruled to charge him by imprison and fining 9 million riel.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 August 2009 04:28

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