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Embassies still after report on shootings

Embassies still after report on shootings

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.

Davidov

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

Bulgaria.

The Bulgarian government was seeking compensation for the

medical costs of Ivanov and Zahov, who has since returned to Bulgaria, from the

Cambodian government.

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.

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