Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Chhouk Bandith turns himself in

Chhouk Bandith turns himself in

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Former Bavet town governor Chhouk Bandith walks out the the Court of Appeal in Phnom Penh following a 2013 hearing. Heng Chivoan

Chhouk Bandith turns himself in

Former Bavet town governor Chhouk Bandith, who has never served a day in jail despite shooting three female garment workers at a protest more than three years ago, has turned himself in.

Phnom Penh police chief Choun Sovann said Bandith arrived at the police station on Saturday of his own accord and will now be transferred to Svay Rieng provincial court.

“He showed up this afternoon,” Sovann said. “We will take him to Svay Rieng court for legal action.”

Bandith’s arrest comes less than a week after Prime Minister Hun Sen called for his arrest during a public address.

“In the case of Chhouk Bandith, if police do not arrest him, they are wrong,” the premier said on Monday. “There is a red notice from Interpol. There must be arrests.”

Bandith disappeared shortly after the handing down of an 18-month jail sentence by the Court of Appeal in 2013 on the charge of “unintentional violence”, a sentence widely derided as “weak” by rights groups at the time.

The Appeals Court took up the case only after the provincial court in his home province of Svay Rieng had dropped it entirely.

Late last month, the three injured workers – Bun Chenda, Nuth Sakhorn and Keo Near – traveled to the capital to call for Bandith’s arrest. The trio pointed to the recent arrest of tycoon Sok Bun, who was arrested for his vicious assault on a former TV presenter after Hun Sen similarly calling for police action.

This morning, Keo Near expressed joy at the development, and called for compensation to be paid to Bandith’s three victims.

“I hope the court and police will bring him to the prison and order him to pay us compensation so we can use that money to pay for medical treatment,” she said.

MOST VIEWED

  • PM Hun Sen says dangers averted

    Delivering a campaign speech from his home via Facebook Live on Thursday, caretaker Prime Minister Hun Sen said his Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) had carried the country through danger in its latest mandate. He was specifically referring to the threat of a “colour revolution”

  • Serious flooding across country

    The Kampong Speu provincial Committee for Disaster Management on Wednesday issued an alert after non-stop heavy rain caused widespread flooding. In Koh Kong province, authorities are working with the disaster committee and the Cambodian Red Cross to assist those affected after more than 350 homes were

  • Bumpy road for local ride apps

    Ride-hailing services seem to have grown into a dominant player in the capital’s transportation sector. Relatively unknown and little used in the Kingdom at the beginning of this year, services like PassApp, Grab and ExNet are now commonplace on Phnom Penh streets. However, the

  • CNRP points to King in call for vote boycott

    Leaders of the former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) have taken a new tack in their call for a boycott of the national elections later this month. They are now claiming that the people should follow the King, who is expected to abide by tradition