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Three men charged in alleged gang rape

Three men among 10 accused of gang-raping an 18-year-old woman in Banteay Meanchey province were charged yesterday in the provincial court, officials said.

Keo Sokunthea, the deputy prosecutor, said she questioned and charged Khoun Vuthisen, 19, Nhem Thnou, 19, and Rith Sopheap, 18, over the gang rape, before sending the case to the investigating judge.

“I charged them with rape under Article 240 of the criminal code, meaning that, if found guilty, they would face between seven and 15 years in prison,” she said.

Police said the attack happened late on Friday as she was returning home from a pagoda in Malai district and her motorbike broke down. The victim was approached by the men, who allegedly raped her before fleeing.

Police said yesterday that they were still searching for the other men involved in the brutal attack.



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