Phnom Penh (FN), March 23 – According to a Phnom Penh Municipal Court (PPMC)’s official, the PPMC announced that Choup Somlab was sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering the well-known political commentator, Kem Ley.

The verdict follows a hearing on March 1st, 2017 in which video footage of the killing was shown.

During the hearing, “Choup Somlab”, translated as “Meet Kill," confessed that he murdered Kem Ley because Kem Ley owed him a debt. He has testified that no one else was behind the murder.

Oeuth Ang, known as "Choup Samlab" was arrested July 10, 2016, after being accused of murdering Kem Ley, a popular social and political analyst, in the country's capital, Phnom Penh.

He was charged with premeditated murder and unauthorized possession of weapons under Article 200 and 490 of the criminal code.