Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Four questioned over Buddhist relics theft

Four questioned over Buddhist relics theft

Four questioned over Buddhist relics theft

Four youths are being questioned by police in connection with the robbery of several Buddhist relics stolen from Wat Ounalom on Tuesday.

Three young men were questioned by the Ministry of Interior’s central justice police department on Wednesday, said Sia Pheara, secretary of the pagoda, a popular tourist site near Phnom Penh’s riverside.

A fourth man was questioned yesterday.

“Among the four youths, one is my student,” Pheara said.

Monks at Wat Ounalom noticed the missing relics – which included five gold-plated Buddha statues, a copper urn and two elephant tusks – at about 3am on Tuesday.

Mok Chito, director of the central justice police department, yesterday said that interrogations of the four youths were not complete.

“We need more time to work on this case,” he said.

The burglary occurred about three months after an urn said to contain remnants of the Buddha was stolen from Oudong Mountain.

In that case, Keo Reaksmey, 24, was charged with the robbery. A 39-year-old woman was also charged with buying gold melted down from stolen statues.


  • Angkor Wat named as the top landmark for the second year

    Travel website TripAdvisor has named Cambodia’s ancient wonder Angkor Wat as the top landmark in the world for the second year running in their Travelers’ Choice Award 2018, an achievement Cambodian tourism operators expect will attract more tourists to the Kingdom. The website uses traveller

  • New US bill ‘is a violation of Cambodian independence’

    After a US congressmen introduced bipartisan legislation that will enact sanctions on Cambodian officials responsible for “undermining democracy” in the Kingdom, government officials and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party on Sunday said they regarded the potential action as the “violation of independence and sovereignty

  • Hun Sen detractors ‘will die’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday said those who curse or insult him would eventually die without a plot of land to bury their bodies after being killed by lightning, suffering the same fate as those who recently died in Thmar Baing district in Koh

  • Ministry’s plan for net sparks fears

    The government has ordered all domestic and international internet traffic in the Kingdom to pass through a Data Management Centre (DMC) that has been newly created by the state-owned Telecom Cambodia, in a move some have claimed is an attempt to censor government critics. Spokesman