B ATTAMBANG - Provincial authorities have reluctantly arrested two local
officials, and are seeking another, for the murders of two civilians in
"I arrested the accused with tears because they have both done
a lot of things for the sake of the country," said police deputy chief Gen Moek
Militiaman Ku Vy, 27, and policeman Mam Rin, 41, were arrested on
March 30 in Mong Russey district at the urging of human rights
They are accused of the execution-style killing of farmer Neth
Thong and Funcinpec militiaman Mov Ving at a commune in the district on Feb
Gen Dara repeated allegations that the two dead had been Khmer Rouge
supporters, though their families maintain they belonged only to
According to witnesses, the deceased were detained by some 30
armed officials, led by militia chief Chhoun Ka'th, before being
Gen Dara said he believed that Ku Vy was involved in the murder
but that Mam Rin had only wandered across the scene. He said he had also
intended to arrest Chhoun Ka'th, but he had already fled the area.
said local police and military, along with villagers, felt concerned and
discouraged at the arrests because the murderers had only been trying to help
However, he said he did not condone the murders.
"Human killing is the very lowest behavior. But what I want to say is that this
case is not connected with any political problem ... and also was not [related]
to any order from the authorities."
Ku Vy told the Post from Battambang
prison he did not know who commited the murders. He said the first he realized
he stood accused was when the authorities arrested him.
Mam Rin said he
did not have a hand in the murders at all. He said he was on his way back from
work when he met Ku Vy at the murder scene.