Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Border police chief accused of raping minor in Ratanakkiri



Border police chief accused of raping minor in Ratanakkiri

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Toun Mesa stands accused of rape. Facebook

Border police chief accused of raping minor in Ratanakkiri

Ratanakkiri Provincial Court is set to summon a border police chief in Phikh village of O’Yadav district’s Sesan commune for questioning over accusations about the rape of a minor under the age of 15.

Provincial court spokesman Keo Pisoth told The Post on January 11 that according to a case filed with the court by the provincial police’s Anti-Human Trafficking and Juveniles Protection Bureau on January 6, the accused is named Toun Mesa.

“At this time, the prosecutor is investigating and planning to summon the accused to come and answer for himself in this matter,” he said.

According to the girl’s complaint dated December 1 last year, Mesa called her to have dinner at a restaurant on the evening of November 30, and she went to meet him there with her aunt Srey Neang.

After dinner at around 9pm, Mesa asked the girl to have dessert with him and told her aunt to take a motorbike back home, guaranteeing to her that he would drive the girl home safely himself.

However, Mesa did not take the girl out for dessert and instead took her to a guesthouse in Banlung town and forced her to have sex with him, the complaint said.

Reached by The Post for comment on January 11, Mesa denied the allegations, claiming he was currently on security duty along the Cambodian-Vietnamese border and had no time to pay attention to the complaint.

“I don’t worry about this because I did not commit the crime. I will appear [for questioning] if the court issues a summons for me,” he said

A local police officer who asked not to be named told The Post on January 11 that the accusations were true because after receiving the complaint, a senior police official tried to facilitate a settlement between the girl and Mesa outside of court.

He said Mesa offered six million riel ($1,500) in compensation to the girl’s family. After receiving the money, he said the girl went to the police station to withdraw her complaint, citing reasons that she wanted to protect the honour and dignity of her family.

However, provincial deputy police chief in charge of anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection Keo Davy told The Post that the girl had tried to withdraw her complaint three times but had not given any reasons.

“We don’t know what motivates her attempts to withdraw her complaint, but we’ve already sent the case to the prosecutor for further action,” she said.

Provincial police chief Yin Chamnan said the case was now out of the police’s hands.

“Now that this case has reached the court, let the court handle the matter. It’s beyond my jurisdiction.”

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