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Chinese national murdered at plantation

The body of a Chinese national who worked at a cassava plantation owned by the Pheapimex group was found on Monday in Pursat province with bloody head wounds.

Police have launched a manhunt for the murder suspect in the past few days, but have yet to make any arrests.

“I have been to the site and there are some clues that might lead to the suspect, but I cannot tell in detail since it is the authorities’ procedure,” said Keo Sokuthea, the provincial deputy police chief.

Yang Ly Cheang, the 34-year-old victim, was the gasoline manager at a construction site in Krokor district’s Kandal village.

According to Krokor district police chief Em Ron, Ly Cheang was found dead in a pound near the site after being attacked on the head with a sharp object.

Police have yet to conclude the reason for the killing but continue to investigate. Nothing was stolen from the victim, indicating it was not a case of robbery, he added.

A Chinese supervisor working for Pheapimex in Pursat was also shot to death in January 2012.

Pheapimex was granted a 315,028 hectare economic land concession in Kampong Chnnang and Pursat provinces in 2000.

The firm is owned by Choeng Sopheap, the wife of CPP senator Lao Meng Khin.

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