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Political murder and billboard stealing

The murder of a Sam Rainsy Party lawmaker in Kampong Thom province is intimidating

to potential opposition voters in advance of the 2008 national elections, Chrea Sochenda,

opposition lawmaker and head of SRP in Kampong Thom said. He noted that Kan Seam,

48, who was shot dead by an unidentified gunman on December 17 while walking to school

was the third member of her family to be killed. Seam's husband and son were also

killed in 2000 and 2001 and no one has been arrested for the murders. Meanwhile,

the Human Rights Party also complained of harassment issuing a statement on December

18 saying that at least 11 of its party billboards were destroyed or stolen in Phnom

Penh. Kem Sokha, president of HRP, said that the party filed a complaint with local

authorities and the National Election Committee. But he said there is no measure

in place to investigate political harassment. Koul Panha, executive director of Committee

for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia said that intimidation and murders happen

regularly before elections.

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