The Kampot Court Releases the Owners of the Kep Building Collapse

Rescue teams carry a victim to the hospital. Photo by ThmeyThmey.
  • Phoung Vantha
  • January 7, 2020 8:55 AM

The Kampot Provincial Court Tuesday released on bail the owners of the building whose collapse on Jan. 3 caused the death of 36 persons and left 23 others injured. 

Ak Sarun and his wife Chhiv Sothy were released on bail, according to Man Boareth, a spokesman for the court. 

Stressing that he could not give more information on the case, Boareth said that the release may indicate that the two were charged with a misdemeanor—a civil charge—since the events had been unintentional. 

Boareth added that they gave an address in Sihanoukville and paid 354 million riel (around $88,500) as bail to the court referent. "They are prohibited from leaving Cambodia," he said. 

On Jan. 5, Prime Minister Hun Sen said at a press conference that no official in Kep Province would be fired following the incident. The building collapsed due to technical issues that have to do with engineers, he said.

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