Russian investor jailed in Cambodia for abusing teenager

March 14th, 2008 - 7:32 pm ICT by admin  

Phnom Penh, March 14 (Xinhua) Russian investor Alexander Trofimov was sentenced to 13 years in jail by a municipal court in Phnom Penh Friday, for sexually abusing a 14-year-old Cambodian girl. Chief Judge Ke Sakhan said that the court had enough evidence to convict the 41-year-old Russian businessman for his crime.

Phal Vannara of Cambodia was also sentenced to 11 years of imprisonment for procuring the girl for the Russian.

The court also ordered the two men to pay $100,000 in damages to the victim.

The girl earlier told the court that she had sex with Trofimov for four times in September last year for some $100, while $1,000 was paid to the middle man.

Lawyer for the investor told reporters that his client would appeal against the verdict.

Trofimov was arrested in October 2007 for allegedly sexually abusing at least 19 girls since 2005.

He has remained a prominent figure in the kingdom, after signing a deal of $300 million in 2006 to develop an island near port city Sihanoukville into a tourist resort.

The Cambodian government in recent years exerted a heavy hand over paedophiles, as child rights groups campaigned hard for it to take the problem in a serious way.

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