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Cops looking into alleged gang rape, bribery

Four men who confessed to gang-wraping a 51-year-old woman are being held in Kampong Cham Provincial Prison after being questioned in court on Saturday.

The suspects were arrested on Wednesday, said Chan Hor, chief of Kampong Cham vice police.

“The four men admitted to the police and court officials that they raped the woman,” Hor said yesterday.

Sreng Krouch, 38, Reth Mab, 31, Chhoy Chhay, 29, and Chaem Chen, 37, were charged with rape and ordered to be detained by investigating judge Um Chanthol, according to a court document.

A Stung Trang district police official who spoke on the condition of anonymity yesterday said that the four suspects plied the victim with beer the night of January 21 before sexually assaulting her.

Allegations have also surfaced that family members of the suspects bribed authorities not to pursue the victim’s complaint, Hor said.

“We received information about officials getting bribed by suspects’ families to not arrest them,” Hor said. “We are working to find those officials involved in this corruption.”

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