B ULGARIAN Dimitir (Mitko) Ivanov and Briton Gregory James were released from
Calmette Hospital last week, as they and their embassies remained waiting for an
official explanation for their shooting.
Both are still receiving daily
treatment at the hospital and Bulgarian Embassy Charge d'Affaires Stoyan Davidov
said there was concern that Ivanov could have permanent injuries.
said he had been told to expect to receive this week the official police version
of events of the night of Aug 26, when James, Ivanov and fellow Bulgarian Braiko
Zahov were shot off their motorcycle by soldiers near the house of Second Prime
Minister Hun Sen.
Davidov said his Foreign Minister in Sofia had also
sent a request for an official explanation to the Cambodian Embassy in
The Bulgarian government was seeking compensation for the
medical costs of Ivanov and Zahov, who has since returned to Bulgaria, from the
British Embassy spokesman Les Hartley said was keen
to receive an expression of regret from the Cambodian Embassy, and some kind of
assurance such an incident would not happen again.
If James wanted to
pursue the matter further, the embassy would offer what help it could, he said.