Lenient Sentence Causes Fear and Frustration for the Victims and the Families

Phnom Penh, Today, 11 March 2016, a 57-year-old German national, Udo Sabiniewicz, was sentenced to a one-year imprisonment for sexually abusing five boys aged 7 and 9 years old. The Phnom Penh Municipal Court also ordered him to pay USD 1,000 compensation to each of the two plaintiffs.

Udo Sabiniewicz was ar­rested in June 2015 at his FX Ani­mation dubbing studio in Chbar Ampov district and charged with indecent acts against minors under fifteen years, after the moth­ers of two young boys ac­cused him of abusing their sons.

Speaking to the court's decision, the plaintiffs said they were not pleased with the verdict and will consider an appeal. 

“One year imprisonment is lenient and does not justify the damage of the victims. We will advocate for a harsh sentence. Udo also deserves being deported at the end of his sentence.” said Vando Khoem, APLE’s Programme Manager, insisting on automatic deportation to be applied in all child abuse cases.

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