Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Layman flees after pagoda raid

Layman flees after pagoda raid

Layman flees after pagoda raid

A BUDDHIST layman had fled a pagoda in Kampong Thom’s Sandan district on Friday after a workshop on human rights and protection of natural resources was interrupted by armed police officers, human- rights activists said yesterday.

Kim Muth, 67, a member of the Buddhist Laymans’ Commission at the Kiribeptaram pagoda, and  chief abbot Chim Sinet had been contacted by commune chief Chhouy Mab, who allegedly threatened to arrest them if they continued to allow NGOs to host forums at the pagoda, said Chhim Savuth, forum co-ord- inator for the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, said.

“This is an attempt by the commune chief to break the spirit of innocent villagers, monks and civil-society organis-ations,” he said.

Chun Yoeun, Kim Muth’s son, confirmed yesterday that his father had “escaped” the pagoda and said he was “living in fear”.

Choouy Mab said yesterday  he had visited the pagoda to advise its leadership to inform him of all future events so secur-ity could be provided.

He said Kim Muth had fled the pagoda because of a dispute with “gangsters” two years ago. He claimed Kim Muth had returned to the pagoda, but CCHR said he was still in hiding.

MOST VIEWED

  • Proof giants walked among us humans?

    For years a debate has waged about whether certain bas relief carvings at the 12th-century To Prohm Temple, one of the most popular attractions at the Angkor Wat Temple Complex in Siem Reap province, depicted dinosaurs or some rather less exotic and more contemporary animal,

  • 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

  • Long way to go before Cambodia gets a ‘smart city’

    Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang will struggle to attain smart city status without adopting far reaching master plans, according to officials tasked with implementing the program. The brainchild of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), the smart city program seeks to link up

  • Japan bank buys major stake in ANZ Royal Bank

    Japan's largest bank acquired more than half of ANZ’s shares in Cambodia on Thursday, according to a statement from Kith Meng’s Royal Group. Japan's JTrust Bank, announced that they had acquired a 55% of stake in ANZ Royal Bank. According to a Royal Group