The bodyguards of fugitive Thong Sarath keep landing in hot water, as a former member of the tycoon’s coterie was picked up in Phnom Penh by police yesterday, albeit on charges unrelated to the tycoon’s alleged conspiracy to murder businessman Ung Meng Cheu.
Phorn Aun, police chief of Tumnob Teuk commune in Chamkarmon district, said the former military official and retired Sarath bodyguard Leng Sokhorn, 49, was arrested after allegedly being spotted by police carrying a fake gun and wearing a military uniform.
According to Aun, local residents had tipped off police to Sokhorn’s presence. When officers stopped and searched him, they found several photos of the parents of the escaped tycoon – both of whom are currently in pre-trial detention after allegedly violating the terms of their bail this week.
“He confessed that he used to be a guard at the ham shop [Pate] 999, and used to be a bodyguard of Thong Sarath,” Aun said. “We have sent the case to Chamkarmon district police for further legal action.”
Five of Sarath’s bodyguards are already in pre-trial detention for their alleged involvement in the public murder of Meng Cheu.