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Soldier on rape charge

BATTAMBANG Provincial Court yesterday charged a soldier with the rape of a 17-year-old girl at a resort in Pailin province over the weekend.

Kan Viet, a 28-year-old soldier with military brigade number 4 in Battambang, was arrested on Monday in Battambang’s Ratanak Mondul district following a complaint filed by the victim’s mother.

He is accused of luring the girl to a resort with him in Pailin province, where he allegedly raped her before warning her against telling authorities.

Provincial prosecutor Nuon San said the court officially charged him with rape yesterday.

“We only just received the case,” he said, and declined to elaborate.

Koy Heang, chief of the provincial Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection bureau, said the suspect was sent to court yesterday after two days of questioning.

“Before we sent this man to court, we had to confirm with the Pailin authorities first because it happened there,” he said, and added that the victim and suspect were neighbours in the same village in Ratanak Mondul district.

 ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY PHAK SEANGLY

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