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Gunshot won’t haunt lawmaker

The dispute that led to Sam Rainsy Party legislator Nuon Vuthy firing his gun in the capital on Monday night had been resolved yesterday without charges or money changing hands, one of his colleagues said.

According to an unnamed source, Vuthy had settled the matter with military officer Hok Socheat, who had allegedly driven off after striking the lawmakers’ car, leading to Vuthy pulling over and firing into the air.

“The matter was resolved on Monday night. There was no money or compensation paid to either party,” Vuthy’s colleague said. “The chief of Sen Sok district police ended this case after questioning the military officer, who didn’t remember anything because he was drunk.”

Vuthy’s colleague said the lawmaker had a licence for his gun.

“And he is a member of parliament. He has immunity. Like other high-ranking officials, he has the right to use a gun,” the colleague said.

Mok Hong, the chief of Sen Sok district police, said the issue had been resolved. Vuthy and Socheat could not be reached.

 

To contact the reporter on this story: Buth Reaksmey Kongkea at reaksmeykongkea.buth@phnompenhpost.com
 

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