Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - ‘Acid attack’ disputed

‘Acid attack’ disputed

‘Acid attack’ disputed

A MAN who says he was the victim of an acid attack has been called to appear before Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Friday, after he failed to appear when he was first called to testify three weeks ago.

Hor Tin says a dentist poured acid over him last month in a dispute over a parking sign. The dentist, Lim Soma, acknowledged that she attacked the man, but told the Post that the substance was a tooth-whitening liquid.

Deputy prosecutor Ek Chheng Huot said Wednesday that he was growing frustrated with the case after Hor Tin’s previous failure to appear.
“We need evidence from the victim,” Ek Chheng Huot said. “We want to know what the victim is demanding.”

But Hor Tin’s employer, Kea Soheang, said he should be the one testifying.

Hor Tin “is illiterate,” he said. “I am afraid that he might be threatened by the court.”

At the time of the attack in early January, Kea Soheang framed the incident as being the result of a long-simmering dispute between the suspect’s family and his own.

Kea Soheang said he has been told that authorities are treating the case as an attack with hot water, as opposed to acid, a development he called “unfair”.

MOST VIEWED

  • US think tank warns of China's 'ulterior motives'

    A US think tank on Tuesday warned that spreading Chinese investment in the Indo-Pacific follows a pattern of leveraging geopolitical influence at the expense of the nations receiving investment, including Cambodia. The report looks at a sample of 15 Chinese port development projects, noting that the

  • Defence Ministry denies weapons in smuggling case came from Cambodia

    After a Thai national was arrested last week for allegedly smuggling guns from Cambodia to Thailand, Cambodia's Defence Ministry has claimed the weapons seized during the arrest are not used in Cambodia, despite the fact that both types of rifle seized are commonly found in

  • More than three tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia seized in Mozambique

    A total of 3.5 tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia was seized by authorities in Mozambique late last week, according to the NGO Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). CITES' information was based on a report from the

  • Shipwreck found off coast of Koh Kong

    Royal Cambodian Navy researchers are working to identify a decades-old shipwreck found earlier this month off the coast of Koh Kong province. Divers found the 70-metre-long wreck on April 4 about a mile from Koh Chhlam island, according to Navy officials. Deputy Navy Commander Tea Sokha,