July 10: Khun Rameth, 23, is shot dead and his c100 Honda motorcycle
is stolen by three bandits near the Municipal Police station on Decho Domdin
road, Phnom Penh.
July 10: Police arrest Kandal provincial prison chief Lieutenant
Colonel Phan Pho and three other bandits for robbing a precious stone shop at 7
pm in Takmao village, Kandal province. After the robbery, police chase one of
the bandits who flees to the Kandal prison. At the prison the bandit disappears
but the police capture another of the bandits who is hiding inside the prison.
Pho's real name is Phin Thoeun. He allegedly became a Funcinpec Army Lieutenant
Colonel after buying the name and rank from his friend for $800. Later Pho
became a CPP policeman and worked at Kandal Prison where he was promoted until
achieving the rank of prison chief.
July 11: Meas Yi, 40, is robbed of his c90 motorcycle by three bandits
riding on a c100 Honda motorcycle at 6:30 am on Street 271, Phnom Penh. Two of
the bandits are wearing military uniform and carrying an Icom mobile phone .
July 12: Two shells are fired onto Poipet town, Banteay Meanchey,
killing three civilians and seriously wounding five others. A military officer
in Poipet suspects the shells were fired by the Khmer Rouge. He says the KR
fired two shells into the same area on July 5 which killed four people and
wounded 21 others.
July 12: Ponhealeu district police arrest Heng Noy, 22, who in
association with two other bandits killed a villager and stole his money on May
17 in Koh Chin commune, Kandal province.
July 12-13: Crime Suppression Police arrest RCAF Major Heang
Sophea, 28, Nhib Sothy, 23, and Tep Leong, 23. The bandits robbed at gunpoint
the Sandstone Enterprise business of a big generator, some construction
materials and car tyres with an estimated value of $30,000 on July 6 in Khan
Toul Kok, Phnom Penh. Police say Sophea is the son of the head of the Sandstone
Enterprise business. Police confiscate Sophea's AK rifle and motorcycle.
July 13: 25-year-old Kang Em's husband goes away on business and
returns three months later with a new wife. Em gets downhearted so she buys and
consumes 15 packages of pesticide to commit suicide. Her husband and his second
wife rush her to hospital in Paaw village, Bachhay district, Kompong Cham. But
she dies soon after arrival.
July 14: Army Lieutenant Leng Song, 22, is arrested for motorcycle
theft and his partner policeman Nib Vibol, 27, is arrested for selling the
stolen motorcycles and providing Song with a gun. The pair confess to being
involved in three motorcycle robberies in June and July.
July 15: Sou Saborn, 45, is robbed of her c100 Honda motorcycle by two
bandits armed with a K54 handgun at the Olympic market at 6:45 am, Phnom
July 15: Crime Suppression Unit Police arrest Neang Own and five
accomplices for the murder of a man and theft of his motorcycle near the Royal
Palace on April 4.
July 17: An eight-year-old boy is shot dead and a husband and wife are
seriously wounded by bullets fired by five policemen with AK rifles to stop a
thief in Trea village, Stung Meanchey district, Phnom Penh. The police firstly
fired into the air and then into the ground to stop the thief. The bullets
ricocheted off the road to the victims. The thief is arrested but the Chief of
the Stung Meanchey police says it was wrong of his men to use the guns
July 17: Six armed bandits dressed in military uniform enter
civilian Um Sinath's house and steal a motorcycle, $400 worth of gold, two wrist
watches and 150,000 riel in Prek Treng village, Kien Svay district, Kandal.
July 19: Kompong Speu-born Men Rithy, 30, is arrested by police inside
a plane at Pochentong airport for attempting to entice 19-year-old nightclub
girl, Chhay Leang, to Hong Kong to work as a prostitute. Rithy confesses this is
the third time he has tried to do such a thing. In an earlier incident Rithy was
stopped by police at the New Market while trying to take four girls to Hong Kong
with the help of Thai merchant Bunly Bunchavang. Rithy says he gets $100
commission for each girl he successfully lures to Hong Kong. He was later
released as a judge ruled he had not broken any laws.
July 19: Prum Chanrith, 37, a soldier in the special Paratroopers Unit
of the RCAF, is killed by three AK bullets fired by his brother-in-law Chan
Theak, 39, because of a minor family conflict near Beong Trabek school in Phnom
Penh. After the killing Theak escapes safely. He has four children.
July 20: The body of a man in his early twenties is found floating in
the Mekong river in Beong Krum village, Kandal. Witnesses say the man had
clothes stuffed in his mouth and was beaten to death. The killer remains
July 21: Crime Suppressing Police send two bandits to the
military court for trial after they stabbed moto-taxi driver Ath Sam Chhat with
a knife and stole his motorcycle in front of the World Trade Center at 11:40 pm
on July 17, Phnom Penh. The bandits are 29-year-old Vietnamese national Nguen
Yang and 24-year-old Chhim Rada.
- Compiled from the Khmer press by Moeun Chhean Narriddh