A Change of Guard

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Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Prosecutor’s account of questioning varies [Chhouk Bandith still roaming freely as he is protected by Hun Sen]

Hun Sen (L) and Chhouk Bandith (R).

Chhay Channyda and David Boyle

Monday, 19 March 2012
Phnom Penh Post

Svay Rieng provincial prosecutor Hing Bunchea has refused to clarify what triple shooting suspect and deposed Bavet town governor Chhouk Bandith said to him after contradictory statements from him were printed in different news publications last week.

On Thursday, Hing Bunchea told the Post that Chhouk Bandith had confessed to the shootings, but provided different accounts to other news organisations, which he then reportedly retracted.

The shootings at a protest last month outside the Kaoway Sports Ltd shoe factory in Svay Rieng province put three women in hospital, leaving one victim in serious condition after a bullet went through her chest.

Hing Bunchea was quoted in a newspaper report over the weekend stating that Chhouk Bandith had told him he cocked his gun at the protest but did not know if the weapon had discharged.

A day earlier, Hing Bunchea was quoted as saying Chhouk Bandith had fired his gun into the air.

He refused to elaborate or explain different published accounts of what Chhouk Bandith had reportedly told him, claiming he had been misquoted.

“I will stop talking further, because when I talk, there are newspapers writing incorrectly about my comments,” he said.

The victims, 21-year-old Buot Chinda, 18-year-old Keo Neth and 23-year-old Nuth Sakhorn, will be summonsed to court to give their version of events on March 28, he said.

Nuth Sakhorn’s husband, Sin Sam On, confirmed his wife will go to court to answer questions.

“She was shot [from] behind, so she did not know who shot her. Everybody says he’s the governor and even Deputy Prime Minister Sar Kheng said it’s him.”

Moeun Tola, head of the labour program at the Community Legal Education Centre, said he was alarmed that inconsistent information coming from the court about the case could be a sign of judicial tampering.

“In Cambodia, it happens quite often – when they prolong the process, they always change the type of charges. I’m afraid they’re thinking of how to drop the charges,” he said.


Anonymous said...

Where is ACU, Anti Crime Unit?

Where is the police commissioner, Sar Kheng?

Why is Deputy Prime Minster, one of the 9 current Deputy Prime Minister working for Hun Sen, defending and hiding the shooter?

Sar Kheng was only barking when he said he will bring justice and put the responsible person before court. Sar Kheng was argued to be a potential challenger to Hun Sen leadership is only good at barking after all.

Anonymous said...

Die soon a kwak and ah CPP, including ah chke royal family of ah kanchas xihanouk.