Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Chief guard accused of aiding Ratanakkiri jailbreak



Chief guard accused of aiding Ratanakkiri jailbreak

An exterior of Ratanakiri Provincial prison, where five inmates escaped prison in May. Photo supplied
An exterior of Ratanakiri Provincial prison, where five inmates escaped prison in May. Photo supplied

Chief guard accused of aiding Ratanakkiri jailbreak

The 52-year-old chief guard of the Ratanakkiri Provincial Prison was on Friday charged with helping five convicts escape on May 25 and has been detained in the prison of neighbouring Stung Treng province to await a trial that could see him jailed for 10 years.

Kyal Pa Ngarng, the chief guard of the prison – which has seen numerous break-outs over the past few years – was arrested by Military Police on the orders of a judge after the prosecutor made the accusation, said Keo Pisoth, the secretary of the provincial court.

“The prosecutor on this case made the allegations against the accused of facilitating convicts to escape from the prison,” Pisoth said, adding that he understood Pa Ngarng had let the five prisoners escape after receiving money from them.

Chief of Education Correctional Department of Ratanakkiri's prison Khyal Pangnang, was arrested and detained for allegedly facilitating the escape of five prisoners in May. Photo supplied
Chief of Education Correctional Department of Ratanakkiri's prison Khyal Pangnang, was arrested and detained for allegedly facilitating the escape of five prisoners in May. Photo supplied

However, Tin Sovanny, the director of the prison – who in 2015 was himself accused of taking prisoners to clean his house and to sleep with – said that he did not believe there was money involved in the case and that the arrest was part of a campaign against him.

“They want to make me have a lot of scandals, and they want to break me, and maybe there is someone behind this Kyal Pa Ngarng,” he said. Sovanny added that Pa Ngarng was charged with “facilitating an escape” under Article 567 of the Criminal Code, a crime that carries a sentence of five to 10 years.

The five escapees – who were in prison on convictions relating to drugs, timber smuggling and an earlier prison break – escaped just after 2am on May 25 after opening the locks to their cell. Three remain at large.

MOST VIEWED

  • Phnom Penh curfew starts today

    A two-week curfew from 8pm to 5am starts today in Phnom Penh, a day after a sub-decree detailing administrative measures to contain Covid-19 was issued by Prime Minister Hun Sen. “Travelling in Phnom Penh is temporally banned between 8pm and 5am,” said Phnom Penh governor

  • Covid in Kingdom hits ‘critical point’

    The Covid-19 situation in Cambodia has reached a critical point, the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia warned, as cases surge with two more deaths and 265 infections reported over the weekend. On March 28 alone, the Ministry of Health recorded 86 Covid-19 cases linked to the February 20

  • Cambodia gears up for muted New Year festival

    The recent curfew and restrictions imposed in the capital and other Covid-19 hotspots were intended to break the chain of transmission, Ministry of Health spokeswoman Or Vandine said as municipal and provincial authorities issued new directives banning certain activities during the upcoming Khmer New Year

  • 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

  • Time to Rise by rapper, chapei legend is viral hit with ancient-modern mix

    Kong Nay is known internationally as the master of the chapei dang veng, a traditional Cambodian instrument resembling a long-necked lute or guitar with two nylon strings that he was already playing professionally by the age of 15. Nay is sometimes referred to as the Cambodian

  • Cambodia set for large-scale vaccination campaign as Covid spreads

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed all provincial authorities to get ready for a large-scale vaccination campaign, with at least one million doses to be administered per month. “We will roll out at least one million doses. The vaccines we have purchased and received as