State-Run Logistics Boss Sentenced to Life for Corruption

The Vientiane People’s Court has sentenced a former director of Lao Logistics State Enterprise to life imprisonment on charges of corruption.

Director of the Lao Logistics State Enterprise, (LLSE), Mr. Khampheng, was found guilty of abusing his position in the form of embezzlement and bribery, according to an article in the Lao Security News.

In addition to a life imprisonment sentence, the court ordered the sixty-two-year-old to pay the full amount that he embezzled plus a 1% penalty on the money. Assets including two pieces of land and two state-owned cars were seized.

Mr. Khampheng’s accomplices, Chanthavisouk, aged 57, Phonepaseuth, aged 48, and Phousomboun, aged 38, were all initially sentenced to 18 years in prison and ordered to pay back 1% of the losses. Since the three accomplices had returned the money that they had taken, their jail sentences were commuted to 9 years.

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Jasmina Yap