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.
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