How Cambodia fights pedophilia
Trofimov had already been convicted of sexually abusing another underage girl in Cambodia and is currently serving a six-year sentence in this country.
Two things are strange about this trial
For one, Trofimov is in the custody of the Cambodian judiciary. Nevertheless, he was not present in court for the first two days of his trial. And under Cambodian law, this means that he will be allowed a retrial if he requests one.
Why, I wonder, wasn’t this man forced into the courtroom to stand trial?
The other thing that’s bizarre is how Trofimov’s defense argued that he is innocent. According to his lawyers, Trofimov was incapable of sexually abusing the girl because he had been impotent for the past eight years.
As evidence, his lawyer presented a certificate from the Phnom Penh municipal health department. According to the Cambodia Daily newspaper, Phnom Penh Health Director Veng Thai confirmed that he had conducted an erectile dysfunction test on Trofimov in November:
We had two female doctors touch his penis for 30 minutes. … If the penis is normal, it would usually go up. If it is impotent, it would not go up.
This is how the Phnom Penh municipal health department tests patients for erectile dysfunction?
The fact that the Sihanoukville court considered this certificate unreliable and did not allow it as evidence has at least partly restored my confidence in the Cambodian legal system.