Subscribe Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Guards doze through escape

Guards doze through escape

Guards doze through escape

120217_05

A suspect who was being held in pre-trial detention at Preah Si­h­anouk provincial prison died from severe diarrhoea at the provincial hospital on Wednesday, while an inmate also receiving treatment escaped as two prison guards slept on their watch, the deputy prison director said yesterday.

Photo Supplied
Sroun Chanthy, who was convicted last year of attempted murder, lies on a bed at a hospital in Preah Sihanouk province on Wednesday before escaping.

Deputy prison director Tan Naret said that according to doctors, the suspect died after experiencing severe diarrhoea, while another prisoner receiving treatment for the same ailment escaped about 10pm as two of his guards were asleep.

“We all tried our best to save [the suspect’s] life, but we could not help,” he said, adding that he would take measures against the “careless” guards.

“We filed a complaint to the provincial prosecutor already [about the escape] and we are also cooperating with all police officers to find and arrest the prisoner.”

Se Raksmey, prison researcher for rights group Licadho, said that two hours after arriving at Chamkar Chek hospital, 20-year-old detainee Yon Da was dead and 21-year-old inmate Sroun Chanthy had fled.

He added that Yon Da was detained two days after his arrest in October of last year on robbery charges, while Sroun Chanthy was arrested in June and subsequetly sentenced to four years in prison for attempted murder.

“One suspect died because of the carelessness of the prison doctor, the suspect had serious diarrhoea since February 14, but they brought him to receive medical treatment [on February 15],” Se Raksmey said.

“We wonder why they bring  prisoners to get medical treatment so late.”

Liv Mauv, deputy director-gen­er­al of the general department of prisons at the Ministry of Interior, said he had been informed about the escape.

“The prison guards who are careless and let prisoners escape will be punished according to the law,” he said.

Licadho provincial co-ordinator Boun Narith said he was not sure how Sroun Chanthy had escaped because his leg was locked to the hospital bed and people were around him.

“I will investigate this,” he said.

RECOMMENDED STORIES

  • Thy Sovantha threatens new suit

    Social media celebrity and card-carrying CPP member Thy Sovantha yesterday said she will file a lawsuit against wildlife NGO head Suwanna Gauntlett alleging discrimination after the latter allegedly denied her access to an ecotourism program the group is launching today in Koh Kong province. The

  • Police raid Siem Reap party, arrest 10 foreigners over ‘pornographic’ images

    A group of 10 foreign tourists appeared in court today after being arrested for producing “pornographic” photos in Siem Reap town on Thursday, while dozens more were detained temporarily and let go after being lectured on their behaviour, according to authorities. A report posted to the

  • Hun Sen’s in-law removed from RCAF after cockfighting rings raided

    Thai Phany, the nephew-in-law of Prime Minister Hun Sen who is accused of running two large cockfighting rings, has been removed as a general in the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces. Phany, formerly a one-star brigadier general, was removed by royal decree on December 19, according to

  • Government approves plan to relocate Phnom Penh’s airport

    The government has signed off on a proposal to build a new airport to serve Phnom Penh and has earmarked land in Kandal province for the $1.5 billion project. A new international airport to replace the existing Phnom Penh International Airport will be constructed on partially