Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Arrests in sorcerer attack



Arrests in sorcerer attack

Arrests in sorcerer attack

Four men were arrested yesterday in Ratanakkiri province’s Kon Mom district on suspicion of brutally attacking a couple they believe to be sorcerers, according to police.

Trapaing Kraham commune police chief Se Sen said the suspects – three brothers, Sat An, Sat Ieng and Sat Pov, and their brother-in-law, Nem Thy – are accused of breaking into their neighbours’ home at around 11pm on Monday and attacking them with machetes.

“Each man had a machete and went to hack their neighbours in an attempt to kill them, but they survived. They were seriously injured and sent to the provincial hospital,” he said.

According to Sen, the suspects have accused the couple, 52-year-old Sok Soa and his wife, 57-year-old Leang Sorn, of being sorcerers.

“No one has died from their sorcery yet, but they have accused both the husband and wife”, he explained.

Pouk Borith, Kon Mom district police chief, said that there was no evidence of the pair practising black magic, while there was evidence of the attack.

The suspects, he added, were scheduled to appear in court today.

Chhay Thy, provincial coordinator for local rights group Adhoc, said he believed that a land dispute between the two families was the real motivation behind the attack.

But, he added, it was not the first time alleged sorcerers had been attacked in the area.

“In 2002, a daughter, father and grandpa were murdered [by local villagers] when they were accused of sorcery,” he said.

An ethnic Jarai man is also hiding out in the jungles of Ratanakkiri, fearing for his life after being accused of using sorcery to kill other villagers.

He fled his Bakeo district home on April 5 and Adhoc is investigating the case.

MOST VIEWED

  • Phnom Penh unveils rules for post-lockdown transition

    The Phnom Penh Municipal Administration issued a set of detailed guidelines for the seven days to May 12 after the capital emerges from lockdown at the onset of May 6. In the 14-page document signed by municipal governor Khuong Sreng released on the evening of May 5, the

  • SBI LY HOUR Bank Launches Cross Border Money Transfer Service between Cambodia and Vietnam on RippleNet, utilizing DLT

    SBI LY HOUR Bank Plc and Hanoi-based Tien Phong Commercial Joint Stock Bank (TPBank) on Friday launched the first Cambodia-Vietnam money transfer service in real currency via RippleNet, provided by SBI Ripple Asia Co Ltd to provide safe, fast and convenient services. SBI LY HOUR

  • Gov’t issues guidelines as lockdown nears end

    The government has issued a five-page set of instructions to be enforced when the three-week lockdown of Phnom Penh and adjacent Takmao town in Kandal province ends on May 6. According to an announcement signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen on May 4, the instructions cover a

  • Cambodia ready to exit LDC status

    Cambodia is well-prepared to minimise economic risks when it graduates from its Least Developed Countries status, according to a senior official at the Ministry of Commerce on May 7. Four LDCs – Cambodia, Laos, Bangladesh and Nepal – met at a virtual workshop last week to explore potential

  • Tottenham Hotspur to wear ISF Cambodia logo on jerseys in match against Sheffield United

    Last year, the Indochina Starfish Foundation (ISF) – an NGO providing education to underprivileged children in Cambodia – made global headlines with its “socially distanced” football initiative. This year, a world-class football club – Tottenham Hotspur FC – will wear special edition jerseys to show their support for ISF

  • Nine US franchises eye Cambodia debut

    Nine famous US franchising companies are looking for business opportunities and expansion into Cambodia to build a footstep for a strong foundation in Southeast Asia. The US embassy in Phnom Penh, in partnership with the US Foreign Commercial Service and with support from the American