Cambodian King grants pardon to jailed ex-ambassador to S.Korea


PHNOM PENH: Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni has signed a royal decree to deliver a pardon to former ambassador to South Korea Suth Dina at the request of Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen.

In the royal decree dated Tuesday and released to Xinhua on Saturday (May 16), the monarch granted amnesty to Dina, 49, who was convicted of abuse of power and embezzlement and sentenced to five years in prison in 2016.

"Samdech Techo Hun Sen, prime minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, must take responsibility to implement this royal decree from the day of signature," the king wrote.

Dina, who had served as the Cambodian ambassador to South Korea for 25 months, was arrested by the country's Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) in April 2016 following a raft of complaints against the former envoy.

At that time, the ACU announced that an investigation had found that Dina had US$7.2mil in cash, up from US$4.2mil when his ambassadorial appointment began in Feb 2014.

Also, the former ambassador owned 12.7kg of gold worth about US$500,000 and several houses and pieces of land.

The ACU said Dina had embezzled US$116,995 from selling visa stickers and withdrew more than US$180,000 from the embassy's administrative budget for informal salary expenses.

In December 2016, the Phnom Penh Municipal Court sentenced him to five years in prison for abuse of power and embezzlement. - Xinhua/Asian News Network
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