Cambodian ambassador to South Korea charged with corruption

(From AP)

Cambodia’s ambassador to South Korea was charged Thursday with corruption-related offenses, with investigators saying his assets increased by $3 million during his two years as envoy.

Suth Dina, former Cambodian Ambassador to South Korea, smiles upon his arrival at Phnom Penh Municipal Court, in Phnom Penh on April 7

Suth Dina arrives at Phnom Penh Municipal Court on April 7

Suth Dina appeared at Phnom Penh Municipal Court to hear charges of embezzlement, which carries a prison term of two to five years, and abuse of power, punishable by a five- to 10-year term.

The ambassador, who was arrested Monday, has denied any wrongdoing. “My arrest is unjust,” he said to reporters as he entered the court.

Cambodia has a reputation as one of Asia’s most corrupt countries. The problem is a political liability for long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen, whose Cambodian People’s Party fended off an unexpectedly strong challenge in the 2013 general election. Read More

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