Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Sat Soeun to trial, and likely to face further charges

Sat Soeun to trial, and likely to face further charges

Sat Soeun to trial, and likely to face further charges

M ILITARY strongman Col Sat Soeun will likely be tried for the murder of Kompong

Cham journalist Chan Dara within the month after his appeal for charges to be

dropped was thrown out by a Phnom Penh judge on Feb 24.

Sat Soeun, who

was arrested for Dara's killing on Dec 11 and taken to Phnom Penh because

Kompong Cham authorities were afraid of intimidation, is also likely to face two

further charges - including another murder.

The family of villager Ti Mak

have laid a complaint about Ti Mak's shooting on June 6 last year, allegedly by

Sat Soeun. The family of Veng Sreang have also complained that Sat Soeun

allegedly wounded Sreang on Oct 11 last year.

Human rights workers have

been assured by Kompong Cham authorities that investigations have been made into

the two earlier cases and that Sat Soeun will be tried.

The Post also

understands there is a disciplinary action being investigated against a Kompong

Cham judge for irregularities involving the Soeun case. Further details on this

charge were sketchy.

Sources close to the case believe that the evidence

against Soeun for the killing of Dara - a correpsondent for Koh Santepheap who

had written about illegal logging in the province - appear less than

concrete.

They say Soeun's testimony did not appear to "fit" the

circumstances of the killing but there were no witnesses to the

shooting.

Soeun admitted to traveling behind Dara home from a restaurant,

and the serial numbers on the two bullets found in Dara's body were sequential

to the numbers of bullets found in a box belonging to a military officer

belonging one of Soeun's units.

Dara's wife had also allegedly been

offered, but refused, money from Soeun's family to drop her complaint, according

to sources.

RECOMMENDED STORIES

  • Breaking: PM says prominent human rights NGO ‘must close’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Interior Ministry to investigate the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and potentially close it “because they follow foreigners”, appearing to link the rights group to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party's purported “revolution”. The CNRP - the

  • Rainsy and Sokha ‘would already be dead’: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday appeared to suggest he would have assassinated opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha had he known they were promising to “organise a new government” in the aftermath of the disputed 2013 national elections. In a clip from his speech

  • Massive ceremony at Angkor Wat will show ‘Cambodia not in anarchy’: PM

    Government officials, thousands of monks and Prime Minister Hun Sen himself will hold a massive prayer ceremony at Angkor Wat in early December to highlight the Kingdom’s continuing “peace, independence and political stability”, a spectacle observers said was designed to disguise the deterioration of

  • PM tells workers CNRP is to blame for any sanctions

    In a speech to workers yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen pinned the blame for any damage inflicted on Cambodia’s garment industry by potential economic sanctions squarely on the opposition party. “You must remember clearly that if the purchase orders are reduced, it is all