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Tuesday, 18 November 2008

A Brief Biography of Gen. Hok Lundy - part one

Radio Free Asia
By Chea Makara
17th November, 2008
Translated from Khmer by Khmerization

National Police Commissioner, Gen. Hok Lundy, (pictured) has died in a helicopter crash on the night of the 9th of November, 2008 at the age of 51.

Gen. Hok Lundy was married to Mrs. Men Pheakdei and he has 5 children, among them there are 3 sons and 2 daughters.

According to the dictionary of the history of Cambodia, written by Mr. Justin Corfield and Mrs. Laura Summers and according to the broadcast of state-owned TVK, Gen. Hok Lundy was born in the Year of the Pig, on the 3rd of February, 1957 in the provincial town of Svay Rieng. He is of Vietnamese descent, born into a family with a military tradition. His father’s name is Hok Nam and his mother’s name is Mom Aun.

Gen. Hok Lundy has 3 siblings and he is the second child. During the Khmer Rouge regime, Gen. Hok Lundy lived in Ta Pov village, Bavet commune, Chantrea district in Svay Rieng province. On the 7th of July, 1977, Gen. Hok Lundy fled to Vietnam and on the 2nd of March, 1978, he joined a Spy Unit of the Army of the United National Salvation Front of Kampuchea. After the 7th of January, 1979, after when the Vietnamese army had toppled the Khmer Rouge regime, Gen. Hok Lundy has received numerous promotions, one after another.

Hok Lundy was appointed as the executive president of the party for Svay Rieng province and became the president of the People’s Revolutionary Committee of Svay Rieng in 1987. In 1990, Hok Lundy was appointed deputy secretary of the party and became the president of the People’s Committee for Phnom Penh City.

In January 1994, Hok Lundy was appointed Governor of Svay Rieng province and in September, 1994 he was appointed National Police Commissioner which he had served until his death.

In January, 1997, Hok Lundy was selected by the Extraordinary Plenum of the Cambodian People’s Party to become the member of the Party Central Committee and he has become a full member of the Central Committee of the Cambodian People’s Party in 2001.

In 2006, the United States has refused Gen. Hok Lundy a visa to attend a conference in America due to allegations that he has been linked to human trafficking activities. But in the same year, Gen. Hok Lundy was awarded a medal by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for his efforts in the fight against terrorism. In 2007, Gen. Hok Lundy was issued with a visa to attend an anti-terrorism conference in Washington DC. Gen. Hok Lundy served as National Police Commissioner for the duration of 14 years and he is the 20th high-ranking official in the Cambodian People’s Party and he has a very close tie with Prime Minister Hun Sen.

In 2002, Hok Lundy’s daughter, Miss Hok Chindavy, was married to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s son, Mr. Hun Manet, which has further strengthened the alliance between Gen. Hok Lundy and Prime Minister.

In relation to the allegations that Gen. Hok Lundy has Vietnamese lineage, a member of the Cambodian People’s Party Central Committee, Mr. Cheam Yeap, said that Gen. Hok Lundy is not a full-blooded Vietnamese. He added that the allegations have been levelled against him because Gen. Hok Lundy was born on the border with Vietnam and because he can speak Vietnamese as well. He added that Gen. Hok Lundy used to study at Suriyowong College in Svay Rieng province.

Mr. Cheam Yeap said: “His Excellency Hok Lundy is not a full-blooded Vietnamese. I did not know his full biography because he was born in Svay Rieng and I was born in Prey Veng. Because Gen. Hok Lundy was born and lived in Bavet near the border since he was young, so it is easy for someone to accuse him of being a Vietnamese in everything. But in actual fact, we’ve seen that he attended Suriyowong College in Svay Rieng and because he had lived in Bavet, he can speak Vietnamese and can also write Vietnamese as Bavet is located right on the border with Vietnam, so even the Vietnamese who live there can speak Khmer as well.”

Mr. Cheam Yeap regrets the death of Gen. Hok Lundy and said that Gen. Hok Lundy has left many achievements for the nation, including providing security, keep order and providing stability for the Cambodian society.

Mr. Cheam Yeap said: “He has left a lot of achievements. One has to achieve something before they can be promoted. His leadership in the police force, in term of providing security and social order throughout the country, has been excellent and admirable. At the same time, he has established excellent relations with foreign and international police force who acted as a good model for our national police force in order for the next generations to continue his good work.”

However, the British newspaper, the Guardian, has written that, during the street fighting in the power struggle between the Cambodian people’s Party and the Funcinpec Party in 1997, Gen. Hok Lundy had played a very important role in the extra-judicial killings of Funcinpec’s officials, including the detention of Mr. Ho Sok in the Ministry of Interior’s building and he was later executed by the policemen stationed there.

Former Commissioner of Phnom Penh Police, Gen. Heng Pov, has revealed about the killings of many people after he had a fallout with Gen. Hok Lundy.//
To be continued in part two…To read part two click here.


Anonymous said...

Vow! he is a Vietnamese who can speak and write Vietnamese. Cheam Yeap said that Hok Lundy has left many achievements behind. I said he has left many scandals behind, such as the killing of Gen. Ho Sok, many extra-judicial killings and many human right abuses.

Anonymous said...

Hok Lundy's daughter married to Hun Manit not Hun Manet. Get your fact correct.

Anonymous said...

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