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Cambodian senate president's ex-protocol chief sentenced to 4 years in jail for fraud

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13:20, December 27, 2011

PHNOM PENH, Dec. 27 (Xinhua) -- Cambodian Senate President Chea Sim's former protocol chief Pheng Kunthea Borey on Tuesday was convicted of fraud and was sentenced to four years in jail, according to the verdict of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court.

Borey's three accomplices: two Chea Sim'former advisors, Police Lt. Gen. Chan Kosal and Lt. Gen. Ponlork Ho, were sentenced to four years each in jail, and Khieu Bora, Chea Sim's former cabinet member, was sentenced to three years in jail.

The four have been charged stemming from allegations they engineered scams involving hundreds of millions of dollars from more than 50 foreign companies in almost a decade-long scam spree in which they allegedly charged companies for getting Chea Sim's signature for humanitarian and development projects, some of which were fake.

Speaking to reporters after the verdict delivery, Pheng Kunthea Borey pleaded innocent to the charges and said she would appeal. "I completely deny the charges, I am innocent, I will appeal," she said.

Pheng Kunthea Borey was arrested on Sept. 28 in Koh Kong province while she was attempting to flee the country for Thailand.

The other three accused were arrested just days before her arrest.

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