SEVEN men accused of the killing of 13 ethnic
Vietnamese in Kandal in April were released on June 2, according to human rights
The incident took place on the night of April 9,
when 10 persons entered Piem So village in Kandal's Saang district and began to
shoot and throw hand grenades into the village. Nine children were among the
dead, 25 people were wounded.
Seven men were arrested soon after the
incident and held in Kandal, but were freed by a judge in the provincial court
for lack of evidence. Sources at Licadho say many of the witnesses were afraid
to testify, and though many villagers heard the attack, only five were actually
eyewitnesses. Some accounts were not very clear because it was night
Independent investigations into the attack by human rights
organizations suggested that the attack was well planned and the attackers came
from a nearby village, but were unable to agree on a motive. Some said it was
racial, other said it was a fishing dispute.