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MP appeals to Hun Sen over son’s shooting

OPPOSITION parliamentarian Yont Tharo has sought help from National Assembly President Heng Samrin and Prime Minister Hun Sen in resolving the eight-month old case of his son’s killing.

The Sam Rainsy Party (SRP) parliamentarian said Thursday that despite the fact that a warrant was issued in December for the suspect in the case – 30-year-old Bun Vimol, an anti-drug police officer at the Ministry of Interior – local police had yet to take any action.

“The police have not seemed to pay any attention to arresting the suspect at all, and as a result, the suspect walks in and out of the Ministry of Interior freely,” Yont Tharo wrote last week in a letter that he said had been forwarded by Heng Samrin to Hun Sen.

In the December warrant, investigating judge Yeith Molin charged Bun Vimol with intentional murder in connection with an August 2009 traffic altercation.

In that incident, 25-year-old Yont Thauron was shot and killed and three of his friends were wounded at a noodle stall near Daun Penh district’s Wat Botum after a road accident.

Yont Thauron and his friends were driving in a Lexus SUV when they collided with a number of motorbikes near Wat Botum park, and the shooting occurred minutes afterwards.

“I request that Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen kindly help push the police to follow the warrant, arrest the perpetrator and bring him to face the law so that justice can be found for the families of all the victims,” Yont Tharo said Thursday.

In September of last year, SRP parliamentarians sent a joint letter to Minister of Interior Sar Kheng to urge that action be taken on the case.

Phnom Penh Municipal Police Chief Touch Naruth said Thursday that police have received the warrant and have been hunting for the suspect, but that their efforts have been unsuccessful.

“There has not been any sign of the suspect so far,” Touch Naruth said.

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