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More arrests sought in K Cham gang rape

KAMPONG Cham authorities are searching for three men believed to have been involved in the gang rape and killing of a 13-year-old girl in Kampong Cham last week.

Leang Eng, police chief of Kampong Cham’s Soung town said Monday that seven men arrested in relation to the case earlier this month appeared in provincial court on Wednesday, but that authorities were searching for three other men who may have been involved.

“Our investigations found that there were 10 young men involved with the rape and murder, and we are now searching for the other three offenders who may have come up with the idea, even though they did not rape the girl,” he said.

Kampong Cham chief prosecutor Hout Vuthy said Monday that the seven men were being held at the provincial prison until there is sufficient evidence to go to trial.

Buo Virak, a provincial coordinator for local rights group Licadho, said that if the men were found guilty they should be punished to the full extent of the law.

“The law must punish them seriously so that they can’t do something like that again, and so it can be a lesson for other men not to follow in their cruel steps,” he said.

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