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Councillor files action against cops over Um Sam An raid

CNRP lawmaker Um Sam An is escorted through the Ministry of Interior by authorities earlier this month. AFP
CNRP lawmaker Um Sam An is escorted through the Ministry of Interior by authorities earlier this month. AFP

Councillor files action against cops over Um Sam An raid

A CNRP councillor in Siem Reap has filed a demand for legal action against police and military police chiefs for his treatment during a raid on his home last week to arrest CNRP lawmaker Um Sam An.

The councillor, Sok Kim Seng, filed the complaint with Provincial Governor Khim Bun Song on Wednesday, targeting Sorth Nady and Por Vannith, the respective police and military police chiefs for Siem Reap, who could not be reached yesterday.

He says the men ordered their forces to illegally enter his house at midnight on April 11 to catch Sam An, who was not on the premises, and coerced Kim Seng to accompany them to the provincial station.

“They entered my house without permission,” Kim Seng said.

“They asked me to cooperate but [in this case] asking is not asking, it’s forcing . . . Even if I did not go they would bring me; their forces were surrounding me.”

Meanwhile, lawyer for Um Sm An, Choung Choungy, yesterday said he was preparing to lodge a bail application for his client, who has been charged with incitement offences for criticising the government’s Vietnam border policy.

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