Phnom Penh (dpa) – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Thursday called on a Cambodian business tycoon hiding out in Singapore to come home quickly or risk returning in “handcuffs” for his role in an assault last week.
Sok Bun has reportedly been in Singapore since July 8, the day after a video surfaced online of him attacking local celebrity Ek Socheata at a Phnom Penh restaurant.
CCTV footage shows Sok Bun knocking down Ek Socheata after a verbal confrontation, beating her and dragging her around the restaurant. Photos later showed bruises on her face and body.
“Committing such violence on a weak woman … I can’t believe a person who has money, a good reputation and a [royal title] could commit such a crime,” the prime minister said, according to Khmer-language news site Thmey Thmey.
Through his lawyer, Sok Bun told local media he is unable to travel to Cambodia for medical reasons but that he is willing to cooperate when his condition improves.
Sok Bun has reportedly offered as much as 100,000 US dollars in compensation to Ek Socheata, a payment she refused to accept.
Offering financial compensation to a victim is common practice in Cambodia, and can lead to a reduced or suspended sentence.