Phnom Penh (dpa) – A local tycoon was arrested upon his return to Cambodia Saturday on charges of beating a woman in a restaurant, local media reported.
Sok Bun reportedly fled to Singapore on July 8, the day after security footage surfaced online of him brutally beating the victim in Phnom Penh.
The case attracted national attention partly because the victim was a former television presenter and local celebrity, Ek Scoheata.
Sok Bun is also a well-known real estate mogul.
On Thursday, Prime Minister Hun Sen publicly urged Sok Bun to return home voluntarily, or face deportation “in handcuffs” from Singapore.
He also warned that the case could not be settled out of court with financial compensation, a common practice in Cambodia.
The tycoon had offered to pay compensation of 40,000 dollars, and then increased it to 100,000 dollars, both of which she rejected.
Interior Ministry official Sok Khemarin told the Cambodia Daily that Sok Bun had been “sent to Municipal Court for questioning.”