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Acid attack victim to tell court of her ordeal

A woman who was the victim of an acid attack in August will appear in Koh Kong provincial court to answer questions about the attack today, as debate on a draft law set to regulate the use of acid commences at the National Assembly.

Kim Leng, the 29-year-old victim, said yesterday that she would be accompanied in court by her lawyer, her family and staff from the Cambodian Acid Survivors Charity.

“I filed a complaint to the court to demand that they arrest the suspect to punish him … and I need US$30,000 in compensation,” she said.

Kim Leng and her 3 year-old-son were injured after Kim Leng’s 42-year-old former fiancé allegedly threw acid on her following an argument.

Kim Leng told the Post that injuries on her neck, ears and body had improved but she was still receiving treatment.

“I want to see the acid law approved as soon as possible and it must punish the suspect or perpetrator strongly,” she said.

Ngaem Dara, Mondol Seima district police chief in Koh Kong province, said that police were still searching for the suspect.

The National Assembly will today debate the draft acid legislation, which officials said could be approved as early as next month.

According to figures recorded by CASC, 16 people have been injured in acid attacks so far this year.

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