Cambodian tycoon begs for leniency after beating up former TV host
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Cambodian tycoon begs for leniency after beating up former TV host

A Cambodian real estate tycoon has pleaded for leniency amid growing anger over a video that shows him and a bodyguard savagely beating a female former TV host.

Sok Bun issued a statement through his lawyer Tuesday announcing that he is giving up his honorific ‘oknha’ title and offering the victim, Ek Socheata, $100,000 in compensation.

Ek Socheata, also known as Ms Sasa, earlier rejected a $40,000 offer of compensation.

The Phnom Penh Post reports that Bun pleads with Prime Minister Hun Sen to guarantee his freedom in the statement.

The tycoon is thought to have fled Cambodia for Singapore last week after the video began to circulate on social media, and was later picked up by the mainstream media. The video, above, shows Bun and a bodyguard dragging and kicking the former TV host.

Bun last week resigned from his position as director of joint ventures between his company and Singaporean partner TEHO International. He has also reportedly resigned as president of the Cambodian Valuers and Estate Agents Association, a real estate industry body.

“I’m not interested in his resignation at all,” Ms Sasa was reported as saying. “I can’t forget what he did to me. It’s painful that a man should beat a woman.”

The ‘oknha’ title is normally awarded to people for their contribution to the development of Cambodia, and usually involves a $100,000 contribution to government.

There have been widespread calls for Bun to be brought to justice in Cambodia, where wealthy elites often act with impunity and, as in this case, expect they can buy their way out of trouble.