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Documentary in controversy

The distribution of a documentary examining the assassination of former Free Trade

Union president Chea Vichea may be prohibited by the Ministry of Culture. Bradley

Cox's film The Plastic Killers details the case of the two men prosecuted for Mr.

Vichea's death, Born Samnang and Sok Som Oen. Cox presents compelling evidence supporting

their innocence, including the main crime scene witness dismissing their involvement

as well as a testimony from the case's original judge, Hing Thirith, who was demoted

and transferred from his position after finding the two men innocent. It also implicates

incarcerated former Municipal Police Chief Heng Pov in a police conspiracy which

led to the arrests. The accuracy of the content is being disputed by the Culture

Ministry, who are also arguing that the film, which is not being distributed commercially,

requires a license for DVD distribution. Cox said police played the entire movie

over ICOM September 5.



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