Three Pon Nhea Leu district fisheries officers were beaten to death on Monday night
and their bodies dumped in the river after they confiscated fishing nets and equipment
from fishermen on the Tonle Sap 15 km from Phnom Penh.
According to one of the survivers, Chum Vuthy, he and five other fisheries officers
were patrolling the river when they discovered three boats using illegally sized
nets. He said they confiscated the equipment but were then confronted by a group
of 30 people in boats who hemmed them in and started to beat the fisheries officers.
The Deputy chief of the Police Post at Prek Pnao, Van Beung, said that three bodies
- Van Sam Ath, Sok Chea and Keo Kim Soeng - were found in the river and showed signs
of being seriously beaten. One other fisheries officer survived the attack but is
suffering serious head injuries.
Police said they had arrested five people for the attack.