T HE Vice Commander of Region 4, Siem Riep Province, Lieutenant General Mourn Auk
has been shot dead. He was apparently the victim of a motorcycle robbery outside
a small jewelry shop, 100 meters southeast of the New Market at 2:30 pm on June
10, his family said. However a colleague refused to rule out that it was a
political or revenge killing, saying: "The case is still under
Poeu Vany, the general's wife, said the family had
traveled from their home in Kompong Cham province to Phnom Penh because Auk
required medical treatment.
Speaking at her husband's funeral at the
Ministry of Defence on June 12, Vany said : "We dropped in at the jewelry shop
to buy something. I hopped off the motorcycle and went into the jewelry shop.
Then I saw two robbers come and separate my husband from the motorbike and shoot
him. They did not say anything to him."
"I rushed towards my husband as
he was falling down, he said 'I'm OK, don't come near to protect me'. The
robbers wanted to shoot me when I stepped towards him."
Sang Try, Auk's
son in-law who witnessed the crime, said: "I saw three armed civilians hop off a
motorbike. Two of them grabbed my father-in-law's arms while the third person
shot him twice under the armpit and then stole the motorcycle."
said: "There were no police at the incident. We rushed Auk to the hospital but
he was already dead when we arrived there."
Another witness said the
robbers had to push the moto to get it to start before riding off, then fired
warning shots as they fled.