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Crime: Family plea fails to halt rape case

Crime: Family plea fails to halt rape case

In an unsual sequel to an alleged rape in Kampong Cham last week, an 18-year-old man was taken into custody despite the victim's family dropping all charges against him. The alleged rape is said to have occurred on September 22 and was reported by the 16-year-old victim's parents, who later withdrew the charges and said reconciliation had been made with the accused. An Kimsry, deputy criminal police chief in Chamkaloeu district, called the crime inexcusable and said that he "made a report and sent the boy on ... to Kampong Cham Provincial Police Department". Leanh Muyngim, owner of the farm on which both families have worked for nearly three years, said this is not a rape case because the boy and girl love each other. But Suoug Runaveth, Licadho's monitor for Kampong Cham province, is supportive of the police decision."The decision to detain or not is the court's." Chrann ChamRoeun

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