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3 Cambodian commandos jailed for attack on legislators

  • Cambodian motorists ride past the headquarters of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Friday, May 27, 2016. A Cambodian court on Friday convicted three military commandos of beating up two CNRP lawmakers outside the parliament last year, and sentenced them to one year each in prison. The legislators’ lawyer called the punishment too lenient. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

    Cambodian motorists ride past the headquarters of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Friday, May 27, 2016. A Cambodian court on Friday convicted three military commandos of beating up two CNRP lawmakers outside the parliament last year, and sentenced them to one year each in prison. The legislators’ lawyer called the punishment too lenient. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)  (The Associated Press)

  • Cambodian motorists ride past the headquarters of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Friday, May 27, 2016. A Cambodian court on Friday convicted three military commandos of beating up two CNRP lawmakers outside the parliament last year, and sentenced them to one year each in prison. The legislators’ lawyer called the punishment too lenient. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

    Cambodian motorists ride past the headquarters of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Friday, May 27, 2016. A Cambodian court on Friday convicted three military commandos of beating up two CNRP lawmakers outside the parliament last year, and sentenced them to one year each in prison. The legislators’ lawyer called the punishment too lenient. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)  (The Associated Press)

  • Suth Vanny, center, and Chay Sarith, left, suspected attackers who are accused of beating two opposition lawmakers, arrive at Phnom Penh Municipal Court in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Friday, May 27, 2016. The court on Friday convicted three military commandos, including them, of beating up two opposition lawmakers outside the parliament last year, and sentenced them to one year each in prison. The legislators' lawyer called the punishment too lenient. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

    Suth Vanny, center, and Chay Sarith, left, suspected attackers who are accused of beating two opposition lawmakers, arrive at Phnom Penh Municipal Court in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Friday, May 27, 2016. The court on Friday convicted three military commandos, including them, of beating up two opposition lawmakers outside the parliament last year, and sentenced them to one year each in prison. The legislators' lawyer called the punishment too lenient. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)  (The Associated Press)

A Cambodian court has sentenced three military commandos to a year in prison for beating up two opposition lawmakers outside the parliament last year. The court also ordered them to pay fines totaling $21,500 as the legislators' lawyer called the punishment too lenient.

In his verdict Friday, Phnom Penh presiding judge Heng Sokna initially sentenced the three men to four years in jail but suspended the sentence to one year.

The attack occurred in October 2015 when two opposition lawmakers from the Cambodia National Rescue Party were confronted by a pro-government mob, which was demanding the resignation of the party's deputy leader Kem Sonkha.

Heng Sokna said the attack on the lawmakers by the three members of an elite military unit hurt the nation's reputation and left the victims injured.