Cambodia Justice Sytem – Who Can Make It Work?


The victims

The victims

Chuth  Bundhit, the ex- governor of Bavet who pulled his gun to aim at a crowd of striking garment workers turned himself in, two years after he was sentenced.

His decision to turn himself in came after public pressure was mounting: if the prime minister could order a tycoon who savagely bit up a woman and escaped to Singapore to turn himself in, the prime minister could order those who protected Chuth Bundhit to drop their protection .

Chuth Bundhit eventually was arrested and put on trial. The Courts did not use all the evidence and the testimonies of all the workers who witnessed the chilling incident. The sentence was finally given by the courts to order Chuth Bundhit to receive 18 months jail.

We remember : Sar Kheng, the deputy prime minister and minister of interior announced just hours after the incident: ” we have evidence that Chuth  Bundhit is behind the shooting. He will be turned in to face the law” .

There were forces in the ruling party CPP that are far stronger than that of Mr. Sar Kheng’s. The former city governor escaped arrest for 2 years.

Just days after the prime minister ordered the police forces to go after Chuth Bundhit did he finally turned himself in .

Continued public pressure sometimes works.

And Voila!

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