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Police Blotter: 24 August 2007

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AUGUST 11: Police arrested a deputy secretary general of provincial office,

So Sambath, 52, who killed his nephew-in-law, Yu Soknin, 25, at 6:30pm in Ti Mouy

village, Kampong Chhnang province. Police said Sambath was drunk and hit Soknin in

the temple with a nail fixed to a long stick. Police said Sambath was angry after

Soknin came to help his wife, Chan Dalin, 23, who argued with him over a plastic

bag of garbage in front of her house.

AUGUST 11: Yan Nin, 21, was arrested and later sent to a provincial court

after a couple accused him of raping their daughter, in Santepheap commune, Battambang

province. The couple said Nin brought their daughter to a corn yard where they came

upon while he was raping the daughter. Nin denied the charge and said he just embarrassed

the girl and kissed her.

AUGUST 12: Keo Sovannarith, 29, was shot and wounded during a robbery at 10:30pm

while driving home on a motorbike in Sras Chak commune, Phnom Penh. Sovannarith told

a security guard, after an ambulance dropped him at Calmette Hospital, that three

robbers on a motorbike blocked his path and shot him once in the chest with a handgun

then escaped on his bike.

AUGUST 12: Sreng Kimveng, 43, a gold vendor, was sent to Visal Sok clinic

after four people wounded him during a robbery at around 5pm in Boeng Salang commune,

Phnom Penh. An eyewitness told police the four robbers entered Kimveng's house and

shot him in the neck with a handgun then escaped after collecting 40 damleung of

gold and platinum.

AUGUST 13: Mak Em, 34, a married man, was arrested by police for a rape he

committed the previous year in Boeng Trao village, Kampong Speu province. Police

said Em raped a 17-year-old girl then made her pregnant. She now has a baby from

the rape. The girl said Em raped her while she was walking home from a nearby grocery

shop where she bought petroleum on November 11.

AUGUST 14: The body of an unidentified woman was found floating in a lake

in Lek Mouy village, Sihanoukville. Police lifted up the body out of water for examination

and said murder was the motivation of the killing because she had been injured on

her neck and face. Police said the woman was killed elsewhere and her body dumped

in the lake three days before.

AUGUST 14: Um Vuthea, 25, a garment worker, was shot and wounded during a

robbery at 7:30pm in Prey Kay village, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. Vuthea, now

under medical treatment at So Pheaktra clinic, said three robbers shot him in the

stomach with an AK-47 then attempted stealing his motorbike while parking at a gasoline

station .

AUGUST 14: Pal Rithimon, 42, a military major, was arrested for questioning

after people accused him of not paying them for goods they supplied the previous

year in Phnom Penh. Police said Rithimon, an immigrant from Germany, diverted hundreds

of thousands of dollars from businesspeople when he was a construction manager. People

said in a complaint that Rithimon had bought their construction materials but they

never received the money for it.

AUGUST 15: Meak Vannak, 21, was found dead in O'Tumneap village, Kampong Speu

province. Police said Vannak was chopped in the head and the neck with a heavy knife.

Police suspect that the killing happened elsewhere and his body was dropped in the

village the previous night while walking home from a neighbor's house where he watched

television.

AUGUST 15: Heng Chamnan, 50, owner of Ouk Poch Cambodia Co,Ltd, escaped after

forty-nine people filed a complaint for conning people in investing money in Phnom

Penh. People said Chamnan collected around $500 to $2,500 and promised to offer jobs

in South Korea, but he did nothing. The people filed a complaint to General Hing

Bunheang, chief of bodyguard for the Prime Minister, because Chamnan worked as a

lieutenant colonel at his unit.

AUGUST 15: Um Chhai, owner of Chhai Chhai Investment company and also advisor

to the National Assembly's President Heng Samrin, was arrested for questioning after

the government suspected him of dealing with drugs in Treng Trayeung commune, Kampong

Speu province. Interior Ministry's spokesman, Kheav Sopheak, said police arrested

Chhai while he was crossing the border returning from Thailand to Poi Pet commune

in Banteay Meanchey province.

AUGUST 16: Pich Chep, 38, a recycling dealer, died at Calmette Hospital after

he attempted suicide in Makak commune, Kandal province. His wife said Chep poisoned

himself with insecticide because he was worried after authorities threatened to shoot

him and confiscated his recycling materials while transporting it on the way to Kampong

Chhnang province.

AUGUST 16: Siv Eang, 38, was arrested for attempted murder in Phnom Prasarth

village, Battambang province. Police said Eang attempted to kill Chang Sengtheang,

38, who is now under medical treatment at a hospital in Vietnam. Sengtheang was severely

injured after his truck exploded due to TNT placed by Eang following a business revenge

which happened five days ago. Police later arrested another man who hired Eang to

kill Sengtheang.

AUGUST 18: Six people escaped after injuring three villagers during a nighttime

robbery in Chhouk village, Kampong Cham province. Nhan Bo,33, who was shot in the

thigh and now under treatment at a provincial hospital, said the robbers forced and

opened a back door of his house and fired four times then escaped after stealing

one damleung of gold, and one million riel in cash.

AUGUST 18: Two gunmen were arrested after police wounded them during a robbery

at 8:30pm in Boeng Keng Kang 2 commune, Phnom Penh. Police said the two, Som Thy,

25, and Nith Khnit, 28, exchanged gunfire with authorities while escaping after robbing

a motorbike owner, Chhoun Kosal, 21. Police said Nith was shot in the stomach and

he died at Monivong hospital.

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