Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Court calls slain journalist’s family

Court calls slain journalist’s family

Court calls slain journalist’s family

Three members of the family of murdered journalist Hang Seri Oudom will appear in Ratanakkiri provincial court on Wednesday, according to their lawyer.

Oudom, who exposed illegal logging in the area for the Virakchun Khmer newspaper, disappeared last month when he left his house at night to meet an acquaintance.

His bludgeoned body was discovered days later, on September 11, in the back of a car.

Less than a week elapsed before police brought in several people for questioning.

Though they have repeatedly said that more assailants could be involved, authorities ultimately charged a provincial military police officer, An Bunheng, and his wife, Sim Vy, with premeditated murder.

Oudom’s mother, Keov Sovan, his widow, Im Chanthy, and a 15-year-old daughter were summonsed by investigating Judge Luch Lao to answer questions about the case.

Lawyer Hok Phallan was also called to attend the hearing. The family has also filed a separate complaint, demanding $10,000 in compensation for their loss.

Chanthy, who is pregnant, told the Post yesterday that she will seek justice for her husband. She said she plans to tell the court about an incident involving the son of a local military commander whose car hit her husband’s on the way to Phnom Penh before the last Khmer New Year.

Oudom wrote about the son in his last article.

“I will testify about everything that happened to my husband, so the court can seek fairness for my husband, because my baby will never have someone to call father,” she said.

Tep Monicheat, defending, said his clients would be present for the hearing and would answer questions.

To contact the reporter on this story: Chhay Channyda at [email protected]


  • Proof giants walked among us humans?

    For years a debate has waged about whether certain bas relief carvings at the 12th-century To Prohm Temple, one of the most popular attractions at the Angkor Wat Temple Complex in Siem Reap province, depicted dinosaurs or some rather less exotic and more contemporary animal,

  • Japan bank buys major stake in ANZ Royal Bank

    Japan's largest bank acquired more than half of ANZ’s shares in Cambodia on Thursday, according to a statement from Kith Meng’s Royal Group. Japan's JTrust Bank, announced that they had acquired a 55% of stake in ANZ Royal Bank. According to a Royal Group

  • Long way to go before Cambodia gets a ‘smart city’

    Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang will struggle to attain smart city status without adopting far reaching master plans, according to officials tasked with implementing the program. The brainchild of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), the smart city program seeks to link up

  • New US bill ‘is a violation of Cambodian independence’

    After a US congressmen introduced bipartisan legislation that will enact sanctions on Cambodian officials responsible for “undermining democracy” in the Kingdom, government officials and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party on Sunday said they regarded the potential action as the “violation of independence and sovereignty