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Complaints filed but no charges in cop shooting

The brother of a man shot twice in the leg by a police officer last Wednesday during a dispute in Kampong Thom’s Baray district is demanding to know why charges have yet to be filed.

The 27-year-old victim, Ros Socheat, was involved in an argument on Wednesday night, when Sralao commune police officer Sieng Malay arrived on the scene, kicked the victim in the stomach and shot him twice in the left leg with an AK-47 before fleeing the area, the victim’s brother told the Post yesterday.

The brother, Ros Mao, said that the man his brother was fighting with was personal friends with Sieng Malay and called him to the scene for help, where the officer shot his brother.  

“I have lodged complaints with commune, district and provincial authorities and the court on Friday, but the police have done nothing,” Ros Mao said.

Kampong Thom provincial police chief Phan Sopheng denied yesterday that Sieng Malay had shot the victim intentionally, saying the firearm accidentally discharged during a dispute.

“We have sent the case to the prosecutor already. We don’t know when the gunman will be arrested,” Phan Sopheng said yesterday, adding that police are unaware of Sieng Malay’s whereabouts since he fled the scene.

However, when contacted by the Post yesterday, Kampong Thom provincial prosecutor Sen Sarath said he had not received the case from police.

To contact the reporter on this story: Meas Sokchea at meas.sokchea@phnompenhpost.com

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