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Court Protest: Villagers decry arrest of neighbour

Court Protest: Villagers decry arrest of neighbour

Court Protest
About 100 people gathered in front of Pursat provincial court on Tuesday to protest the detention of a man suspected of robbery, saying that all witnesses to the crime – even the victim – believed the court had wrongly detained him. District police arrested Hai Ol, 47, in Bakan district on January 16 and accused him of robbing a woman of US$500 worth of gold and 20,000 riels ($5) last week. “I dare say that Hai Ol is a good man in the village, and he has never done anything wrong to his neighbours,” said Kuon Yoeun, the chief of Samraong Prey Khiev village, where Hai Ol lives. “Police arrested him without confirming the reason.” Bakan district police chief Pen Tung said the case was no longer under his jurisdiction because it had been transferred to the court, though he defended the arrest. “What we have done is according to evidence found at the scene,” he said.

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