Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Battambang escapee nabbed

Battambang escapee nabbed

Battambang escapee nabbed

After enjoying life on the outside for more than two years, an escapee from Battambang Provincial Prison was caught on Saturday morning, police said.

Nou Poline, 32, was one of five prisoners who made a run for it in April 2012 after being moved into a minimum-security room reserved for the sick at the prison.

The men had lung infections, a provincial military police official said at the time, and their loud coughing was disturbing other prisoners.

Poline did not travel far, seeing as he was arrested in the same province. Chet Vanny, deputy police commissioner in Battambang, said Poline was caught at 8am on Saturday morning in the province’s Kors Kralor district.

“Police have investigated and looked for this guy since 2012, but then in the last few days we heard from villagers that he stayed around here so we could capture him again,” he explained.

None of the others who initially escaped have been caught, but police are still looking for them, Vanny said.

They are Keo Long, 28, Nhong Ry, 40, Sam Sophat, 33, and Chhun Vuth, 22. Poline and Long were sentenced for robbery, while Ry, Sophat and Vuth were in for murder.

The court first handed Poline 10 years in 2004, and he was less than two years away from serving out his time when he went on the lam. Now, he will face fresh charges for escaping, Vanny said.

The 2012 caper marked the second time that year that convicts in the more than 1,100-inmate facility had managed to bypass the walls, bars and guards.

MOST VIEWED

  • EU officials: Ending EBA an 18-month procedure

    EU officials have confirmed that it will take a total of 18 months to complete the procedure if Cambodia’s preferential Everything But Arms (EBA) trade agreement is to be withdrawn. According to EU Agriculture and Rural Development spokesman Daniel Rosario, the formal process has not

  • IPU slams government claim

    The president of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), Gabriela Cuevas Barron, has refuted a claim by the National Assembly that she “highly appreciated the achievements of Cambodia” in its July national elections with a tweet saying “Of course not!” before adding “No congratulations”. A delegation from

  • Sam Rainsy, government group set to clash at IPU Geneva meet?

    Opposition figure Sam Rainsy has been invited to speak at the General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Geneva, according to a former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) lawmaker. A government delegation is also set to attend the meeting, a National Assembly press release

  • Conflict lingers on Paris Accords

    As the Kingdom prepares to commemorate on October 23 the 27th anniversary of the signing of the 1991 Paris Peace Accords, which ushered in an end to nearly two decades of civil war, there is political conflict on whether the tenets of the agreement are still being