The distribution of a documentary examining the assassination of former Free Trade
Union president Chea Vichea may be prohibited by the Ministry of Culture. Bradley
Cox's film The Plastic Killers details the case of the two men prosecuted for Mr.
Vichea's death, Born Samnang and Sok Som Oen. Cox presents compelling evidence supporting
their innocence, including the main crime scene witness dismissing their involvement
as well as a testimony from the case's original judge, Hing Thirith, who was demoted
and transferred from his position after finding the two men innocent. It also implicates
incarcerated former Municipal Police Chief Heng Pov in a police conspiracy which
led to the arrests. The accuracy of the content is being disputed by the Culture
Ministry, who are also arguing that the film, which is not being distributed commercially,
requires a license for DVD distribution. Cox said police played the entire movie
over ICOM September 5.