Trial begins of former Khmer Rise political party leader accused of being the ringleader of an armed gang who stole lotion from a celebrity online

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court held this morning May 26, 2022 a hearing in the case of former Khmer Rise Party Chairman and his cronies accused of stealing online lotion celebrity An Sieu Mey in 2021.

The accused Sok Sovann Vathana Sabung alias William Guang, former chairman of the Khmer Rouge party and his cronies, was charged with “aggravated robbery, illegal possession of a weapon and falsification of public documents. ”

Weapons recovered from Mr. Guang’s home

The armed robbery at the home of online seller An Sieu Mey happened at 10:40 a.m. on December 19, 2021.

A group of five robbers armed with guns stole diamonds and were later arrested by Phnom Penh military forces

A portrait of Mr. Guang is clearly visible to the left of the scene of the arrest

Sok Sovann Vathanasabong aka William Guang who was the mastermind and planner in the past has already confessed that the flight was planned a day in advance.

Victim An Sieu Mey

The reasons given for the armed raid were:

Guang lacks money to support himself and his party, indeed, the car he drives is not yet paid for in instalments, and the house he lives in is rented for 2,500 dollars a month, and he owed two months’ rent and lodging.

The 16 provincial parties also have no money to pay their rent.

Guang had a hatred of the rich who flaunted their wealth on social media, so he wanted to teach the rich a lesson.

Sok Sovann Vathana Sabung AKA William Guang is taken away by police after being arrested

Guang confessed that he committed another robbery – on November 25, 2021, they robbed the owner of Borey Mondani in Kong Pisey district, Kampong Speu province, but did not succeed because on the day of the operation , the victim was not in the car they stole.

Following the opening of the trial this morning, the court has decided to resume the trial of William Guang and his associates on June 9, 2022.

The former chairman of the Khmer Rouge Party and his current faction have been remanded in custody at Prey Sar prison.

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