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Men report assault by border police

Men report assault by border police

THE father of a man who claims to have been beaten by Cambodian border police while returning to Banteay Meanchey province from his job in Thailand has filed a complaint with the local rights group Adhoc demanding 10 million riels (US$2,389) in compensation.

Vann David, 19, and Hun Mun, 33, were making their way home to Poipet on Friday when they were accosted by seven border officers who accused them of walking along a “prohibited road”, said Khem Savan, the father of Vann David.

Khem Savan said the soldiers then beat both men, knocking his son unconscious.

Soum Chankea, the provincial coordinator for Adhoc, said he had received the complaint, filed Saturday, and that he planned to send it along to the provincial court.

Chhuk Ang, the commander of the unit to which the two accused officers belong, said they had not beaten either man but had merely warned them against walking along the road, which he said was blocked off because of land mines.

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