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Cambodian court jails former envoy to South Korea for graft

AP  |  Phnom Penh 

A has sentenced a former Cambodian ambassador to to five years in prison on charges of corruption and abuse of power.

The Phnom Penh Municipal found Suth Dina guilty today of embezzling at least $117,000 by selling visas, receiving kickback money from Cambodian workers in South Korea, and failing to pay rent on the Cambodian Embassy in Seoul during his two-year tenure.

Cambodia has long had a reputation as one of Asia's most corrupt countries, with Transparency International ranking it number 150 out of 168 on its corruption perception index.

Widespread graft has become a political liability for Prime Minister Hun Sen, whose Cambodian People's Party fended off a strong challenge in the 2013 general

Suth Dina told reporters he plans to appeal the verdict.

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First Published: Thu, December 01 2016. 17:32 IST