What's a life worth?

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What's a life worth?

Post by Soi Dog » Sat Jun 28, 2014 1:09 am

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...$6000 and a second-hand moto, apparently.

CambodiaDaily.com wrote:Officer Tries to Buy Way Out of Hit-and-Run Case
BY AUN PHEAP | JUNE 27, 2014
A military police officer whose truck was involved in a fatal hit-and-run last month said Thursday that he is now negotiating compensation with the victims in order to avoid potential criminal charges.

Lieutenant Colonel Or Sim, an officer with the national military police, claims a security guard was driving his Toyota Tundra when it slammed into two motorbikes and killed two people on May 30.

Khiem Neary, 41, and Sean Veasna, 23, died at the intersection of Norodom and Mao Tse Toung Boulevards, while Nguon Ousa, 26, was sent to Calmette Hospital with severe injuries.

Traffic police investigated the case and submitted their findings to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, where it has stalled. The driver, who has not yet been identified, remains a free man and has yet to be charged.

Lt. Col. Sim said he has been negotiating compensation with the families and again met with victims Thursday with a court clerk present.

“The court will not charge anymore because we will solve the problem,” he said. “That’s why we try to solve the problem out of court.”

Lay Bopha, the court clerk present at Thursday’s meeting, said Lt. Col. Sim is mistaken in thinking that compensation may lead to the criminal case being dropped. “According to the law, the driver will be charged criminally even though compensations has been offered,” she said.

Ms. Bopha said she attended the meeting because she “just wanted to help” the two sides negotiate a compromise.

Sean Pros, the older bother of victim Sean Veasna, said he demanded $6,000 and a secondhand motorbike as compensation for his brother’s death.

“The car’s representative told me that he will consider my request,” he said, adding his family does not “care about the court case.”

“We will withdraw our complaint if we get appropriate compensation,” he said.

Lt. Col. Sim said Thursday’s meeting was a step forward “because the victim’s family had demanded too much for compensation.”
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Re: What's a life worth?

Post by OrangeDragon » Sat Jun 28, 2014 1:21 am

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Re: What's a life worth?

Post by Sohi » Sat Jun 28, 2014 8:36 am

Couple of years back a jet ski killed a man who was out fishing, the family got $3000... Fucking disgusting
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Re: What's a life worth?

Post by General Mackevili » Sat Jun 28, 2014 12:39 pm

Seems prices have gone up lately, seriously.
"Life is too important to take seriously."

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Re: What's a life worth?

Post by vladimir » Sat Jun 28, 2014 12:50 pm

Is an Russian worth more than a Khmer?

Is a hot chick worth more than an ugly one? (sexe.com)
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Re: What's a life worth?

Post by Anchor Moy » Sat Jun 28, 2014 10:55 pm

Yes. Yes.
It sucks, but yes.
Here's a couple of thousand dollars and you can start a new family, buy a new husband/wife, whatever, oops sorry, f'k u...
What? You're really poor! Let's make it riel.
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Re: What's a life worth?

Post by LTO » Sat Jun 28, 2014 11:42 pm

Soi Dog wrote:...$6000 and a second-hand moto, apparently.
Comparatively, kind of expensive. Just a few years ago, it was $2500-$3000 tops, less if was a countryside person, and that was the tourist price.
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Re: What's a life worth?

Post by General Mackevili » Sun Jun 29, 2014 6:11 am

^ Seriously.
"Life is too important to take seriously."

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Re: What's a life worth?

Post by vladimir » Sun Jun 29, 2014 6:50 am

I'm for sale if anyone's interested.

I'll start a new life with the cash...oh, wait...
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Re: What's a life worth?

Post by General Mackevili » Fri Jul 04, 2014 2:39 am

Update:

Sounds like he was successful in buying his way out of criminal prosecution.

A military police officer whose truck was involved in a fatal hit and run last month bought his way out of a criminal case Wednesday for less than $10,000 and the cost of three secondhand motorbikes.

Lieutenant Colonel Or Sim, an officer with the national military police, claimed that a security guard was driving his Toyota Tundra pickup when it slammed into two motorbikes and killed two people on May 30. He claimed he was not in the car at the time of the accident.

Khiem Neary, 41, and Sean Veasna, 23, died at the intersection of Norodom and Mao Tse Toung boulevards, while Nguon Ousa, 26, was sent to Calmette Hospital with severe injuries.

Lt. Col. Sim finalized an out-of-court settlement in the case Wednesday, giving $3,500 and a secondhand motorbike to the families of both Sean Veasna and Khiem Neary.

Mr. Ousa’s family received $2,000 and a secondhand motorbike, in exchange for agreeing not to pursue criminal charges.

“We put the problem to an end today because the victims’ families accepted the compensation,” Mr. Sim said. “The case is not involved with the court anymore because the victims’ families withdrew their complaints. You can ask a court clerk because he attended the negotiations for compensation.”

Phnom Penh Municipal Court clerk Lay Bopha, who had in the past insisted that criminal charges would still be pursued once compensation was finalized, confirmed the case was over.

“This case, following the law, is ended because the victims’ families accepted the compensation,” Mr. Bopha said.

But a traffic law expert said criminal charges must still be pursued even if victims receive compensation and withdraw their complaints.

Ear Chariya, an independent road safety consultant, said anyone found guilty of a fatal road accident must face the law, which includes jail time.

“If you kill someone on the road, you must face the consequences,” he said.

Sean Pros, the brother of Sean Veasna, said he had no choice but to accept the compensation because he had no faith in getting a fair trial.

“I accept this compensation to put the problem to an end because we are little people, so we can’t resist against powerful people,” he said.

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