Subscribe Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Ex-monk arrested in Banteay Meanchey

Ex-monk arrested in Banteay Meanchey

Ex-monk arrested in Banteay Meanchey

A FORMER Buddhist monk was arrested and charged on Friday with the destruction of property and creating a public disturbance in Banteay Meanchey province’s Poipet town, police said.

Acting Provincial Police Chief Chan Kosal said Khieu Sok Hoeun, 24, was charged after he was arrested for disturbing residents in O’Neang village. Following an appearance at Banteay Meanchey provincial court, he has been remanded in custody pending trial.

“He is crazy. He entered into villagers’ houses and destroyed their property, such as mirrors and other objects. He also disturbed villagers while walking or driving across the road in the village,” Poipet Police Chief Um Sophal said.

He added that Khieu Sok Hoeun had been a Buddhist monk for several years at the Kampong Sambo pagoda in the Kandal province’s Koh Thom district. He went on to further his studies in Thailand in 2010, returning to Cambodia on January 2.

However, police said Khieu Sok Hoeun’s rampage coincided with a decision to shed the saffron robes and return to lay society.

“When he arrived in Poipet, he contacted a 35-year-old widow by mobile phone and went to stay at her house. Because of his deep love for the woman, he decided to quit being a monk and live with her,” Um Sophal said.  

Chheng Savun, 35, a widow and mother of five children, said that she met Khieu Sok Hoeun while she was working in Thailand, and kept in touch via mobile phone after returning to Cambodia.

“I asked him to stay at my house and he quit being a monk to stay with me. But just over the period of five days after he was living with me, he entered into other villagers’ houses and destroyed material and disturbed people in the village,” she said.


  • Professor beaten by mob in Phnom Penh after alleged hit-and-run

    Updated with new information: 6:44am, Tuesday March 13 2018 A university professor accused of a hit-and-run has been transported to Vietnam with serious head injuries after he was brutally beaten by a mob in Phnom Penh late Sunday afternoon. A video of the attack shows a group

  • American ‘fugitive’ arrested in Cambodia outside of US Embassy

    An American citizen was arrested on request by the US Embassy in Phnom Penh on Tuesday, according to Cambodian police. Major General Uk Hei Sela, chief of investigations at the Department of Immigration, identified the man as American Jan Sterling Hagen, and said he was

  • One Australian, one Cambodian killed in explosion at military base

    Updated: 5:20pm, Friday 16 March 2018 An Australian tourist and a Cambodian soldier were killed in an explosion on Thursday afternoon at an army base in Cambodia’s Kampong Speu province. The Australian, whom the government initially identified as a technical demining expert in his 40s, and

  • Australians protest Asean summit visit by PM Hun Sen

    Hundreds of protesters gathered in Sydney’s Hyde Park on Friday to protest against Cambodian strongman Hun Sen, who claimed to have been gifted millions of dollars by the Australian government ahead of a special Asean summit this weekend. An estimated 300 protesters, the majority of