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Call for action: Killers of candidate’s dad sought

Call for action: Killers of candidate’s dad sought

Call for action
Oppositiong Sam Rainsy Party politicians appealed to the Minister of Interior yesterday to find and arrest the murderers of one of its members’ fathers.

In a letter, SRP secretary-general and senator Ke Sovannroth requests that Minister of Interior Sar Kheng take action in arresting a trio of men complicit in the murder of the father of SRP activist Lam Sophath, who is running as a candidate for Siem Reap province’s Prey Chrouk commune in the June 3 commune elections.

The letter states three men entered 62-year-old Hoeung Krak’s house on April 2 as he was having dinner with his family. One man shot him once in the chest with an AK rifle, killing him instantly, it adds.  

Ke Sovannroth claimed the murder was an intimidation tactic by the ruling party meant to frighten SRP just before the election.

“I think that as elections are nearly here, this action is also to intimidate voters because his [Hoeung Krak’s] son is a candidate,” she said.

Khieu Sopheak, Interior Ministry spokesman, said based on the investigation of government police, the killing was due to a personal feud.

The SRP should not suspect that such incidents were politically motivated because they happened near an election, he added.

Puok district police chief Tep Pumsen said the case was under investigation.

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