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Prisoner dies after fall

A 17-YEAR-OLD inmate from Preah Sihanouk provincial prison died in hospital on Friday, two days after falling out of his bed and seriously injuring his head, rights workers said. Se Rasmey, a prison researcher for local rights group Licadho, said yesterday that Chheoun Chhay, who was serving a 30-month sentence for robbery, fell from a bed in his cell last Wednesday and was rushed to the provincial hospital for treatment. “He died at the hospital after being treated for three days,” he said. Se Rasmey said Chheoun Chhay’s death was a result of overcrowding in his prison cell, which he reportedly shared with 47 other prisoners. Bounak Sophorn, an assistant to the provincial prison chief, acknowledged that overcrowding was a problem in the prison, which currently holds 315 inmates. “Chheoun Chhay’s death was an unexpected accident,” he said.

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