12 May '11, 11am

Heavy penalties in Cambodia's 1st anti-graft case: PHNOM PENH (Cambodia) - A CAMBODIAN former prosecutor was sen...

PHNOM PENH (Cambodia) - A CAMBODIAN former prosecutor was sentenced to 19 years in prison for corruption on Thursday, officials said, in the first case brought by the country's new anti-graft unit. Top Chan Sereivuth was convicted of corruption, illegal detention and extortion, Pong Chan Soyutheara, the prosecutor at Pursat court in western Cambodia, told AFP. Sereivuth's two bodyguards were sentenced to 15 and 16 years in jail for illegal detention and extortion, he said, as one of the world's most corrupt nations tries to prove it is serious about fighting graft. The trio were arrested in November after allegedly detaining two men and extorting thousands of dollars from them in an incident last June, the head of the anti-graft unit, Om Yentieng, said at the time. A fourth suspect, the ex-prosecutor's brother-in-law, remains at large and was sentenced to 18 years in jail ...

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