Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Boeung Kak activists quizzed over Wat Phnom attack



Boeung Kak activists quizzed over Wat Phnom attack

Si Heap, a land activist, is treated at Calmette Hospital after she was shot in the head with a marble at Wat Phnom in 2013.
Si Heap, a land activist, is treated at Calmette Hospital after she was shot in the head with a marble at Wat Phnom in 2013.

Boeung Kak activists quizzed over Wat Phnom attack

Two Boeung Kak lake activists were questioned by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday in relation to a 2013 attack by unidentified assailants on community members at the capital’s Wat Phnom.

Land activists from the Boueng Kak and Borei Keila communities were attacked by a group of men wearing masks and armed with slingshots, batons and sticks during a nighttime candle-light vigil in September 2013, with 11 activists and a rights monitor injured.

Five of the activists who filed a complaint over the incident were questioned by the Ministry of Interior in May, and yesterday two more of the victims – Mao Sokha and Som Soueng – were questioned in court about their recollections of the now three-year-old incident.

“We do not know the identity of the perpetrators but, at the time, the authorities were standing behind them,” Soueng told reporters after the questioning. She added that she had lost hope of getting justice and that the group had been left with only “the scars from their wounds.”

Sokha said the group was also confused because the summons listed the date of the incident as May 6, 2016, and not September 2013. “Maybe they [officials] were confused,” she said.

Court spokesman Ly Sophanna declined to comment on the date.

MOST VIEWED

  • Phnom Penh placed in two-week lockdown

    The government has decided to place Phnom Penh in lockdown for two weeks, effective April 14 midnight through April 28, as Cambodia continues to grapple with the ongoing community outbreak of Covid-19, which has seen no sign of subsiding. According to a directive signed by Prime Minister

  • Cambodia on the verge of national tragedy, WHO warns

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia warned that the country had reached another critical point amid a sudden, huge surge in community transmission cases and deaths. “We stand on the brink of a national tragedy because of Covid-19. Despite our best efforts, we are

  • Hun Sen: Stay where you are, or else

    Prime Minister Hun Sen warned that the two-week lockdown of Phnom Penh and adjacent Kandal provincial town Takmao could be extended if people are not cooperative by staying home. “Now let me make this clear: stay in your home, village, and district and remain where

  • Businesses in capital told to get travel permit amid lockdown through One Window Service

    The Phnom Penh Municipal Administration has issued guidelines on how to get travel permission for priority groups during the lockdown of Phnom Penh, directing private institutions to apply through the municipality's One Window Service and limit their staff to a mere two per cent. In

  • Vaccination open to foreigners in Cambodia

    The Ministry of Health on April 8 issued an announcement on Covid-19 vaccination for foreigners residing and working in Cambodia, directing the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training and local authorities to register them. Health minister Mam Bun Heng, who is also head of the inter-ministerial

  • Ministry names types of business permitted amid lockdown

    The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training singled out 11 types of business that are permitted to operate during the lockdown of Phnom Penh and Takmao town, which run through April 28. Those include (1) food-processing enterprises and slaughterhouses; (2) providers of public services such as firefighting, utility and