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Man cleared as acid attack hunt goes on

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Acid attack victims Kea Samnang (right) and his fiancée Sa Sokha, at the Preah Kossamak Hospital last week. Photo supplied.

Man cleared as acid attack hunt goes on

A woman suspected of orchestrating an acid attack against her husband’s mistress remains at large, police said yesterday, though they have released a man who was initially suspected of involvement.

Samraong Tong district deputy police chief Mech Sophoan said he was trying to track down Chhum Savun, while her mother, brother and sister all remained in police custody for their alleged role in Tuesday’s attack in Kampong Speu. “Right now we are continuing to seek and arrest the mastermind to send her to court,” Sophoan said.

Chea Ros, 36, was questioned but cleared by police after witnesses said he played no part in the assault.

The victim, Pheng Sreyla, 23, yesterday said she was getting a check-up in Phnom Penh. “Right now my right eye can see clearly, but the left eye is not clear,” she said, having been temporarily blinded.

Kraing Svay village chief Prom Aon said prior to the attack, his sympathies were with Savun, who had given Sreyla $300 to stop seeing her husband. “Before Savun was the victim, because Sreyla took her husband but Savun has gone from victim to perpetrator,” he said.

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