Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Military cops suspended

Military cops suspended

Military cops suspended

Four military police officers have been suspended from their duties after an incident last week in which officials shot at, arrested and beat two men driving a rice truck that ran a checkpoint.

On March 19, a truck in Tbong Khmum’s O’Reang-ou district, refused to stop at a weigh station, prompting police to open fire on the vehicle, hitting the truck’s windshield and front tyres. The driver subsequently said he had driven through the checkpoint believing it was a fake operated by robbers.

As the truck fled the station, it hit a military car, which then hit a pedestrian. The chase that ensued ended in Prey Veng province, where three officers came to the aid of the pursuing officer from Tbong Khmum and helped in subduing and arresting the passenger and driver in a fashion one local police officer described as excessive.

The suspension of the four officers comes amid an ongoing investigation into the incident launched last week by the National Military Police.

“We are working to find who else is involved in the matter [and] the reasons behind what happened … and who did [what] directly,” said National Military Police commander Sao Sokha, who convened the investigation committee. Sokha said there may be additional officers involved and more severe disciplinary action taken, depending on what the questioning reveals.

Nen Sida, the truck driver, said he was interviewed by the committee on Tuesday afternoon. Sida is also seeking $50,000 in damages, citing bodily harm and loss of property.

MOST VIEWED

  • Stock photo agencies cash in on Khmer Rouge tragedy
    Stock-photo companies selling images from S-21 raises ethics concerns

    A woman with short-cropped hair stares directly into the camera, her head cocked slightly to the side. On her lap is a sleeping infant just barely in the frame. The woman was the wife of a Khmer Rouge officer who fell out of favour, and

  • Prime Minister: Take back islands from inactive developers

    The government will “take back” land on roughly 30 islands from private companies that have not made progress on planned developments, Prime Minister Hun Sen said in a speech on Monday that also targeted land-grabbing villagers and idle provincial governors. Speaking at the inauguration of the

  • Land on capital’s riverfront is opened up for investment

    The government has signed off on a proposal to designate more than 9 hectares of land along Phnom Penh’s riverfront as state-private land, opening it up for private investment or long-term leasing. The 9.25-hectare stretch of riverfront from the capital’s Night Market to the

  • Royal Group's Koh Rong luxury hotel officially opens

    The Royal Sands Koh Rong hotel on Monday marked its official launch as the first luxury resort on Cambodia’s most visited island. Prime Minister Hun Sen presided over the inauguration of the hotel, which has been open since December, and features rooms priced at