Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Military, local police square off

Military, local police square off

Military, local police square off

A POLICE officer from Stung Treng province has filed a complaint against two military policemen and a forestry official, saying he was shot at because he was mistaken for an illegal logger.

Theam Muon, an officer from Stung Treng province, said he was driving to neighbouring Ratanakkiri province Saturday night when he was fired upon.

They “tried to chase my car and shot at the car four times”, Theam Muon said.

“I asked them why they shot at my car. They said they were looking for expensive wood because they suspected I was a logger.”

Theam Muon wants the court to pursue charges of attempted murder and attempted robbery against the trio.

“They pointed a gun to my head,” he said.

However, one of the military police officers named in the complaint rebutted Theam Muon’s allegations.

Cheang Kimse, who is based in O’Pong Moan village, said he never fired his weapon.

“I did not shoot into the car. We needed to check their car because loggers always use modern cars for logging at night,” he said.

Cheang Kimse said it was he who had been mistreated.

“I asked to check the car, but they said they are police and that they don’t need to have their car checked,” he said. “Then they pushed my chest.”

Provincial police chief Nguon Koeurn could not be reached for comment.

MOST VIEWED

  • Diplomatic passports issued to foreigners to be annulled

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation will move to annul diplomatic passports issued to those not born in Cambodia. Analysts say the move may be in relation to reports that former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra used a Cambodian passport to register as

  • Hun Sen warns Irish MP of EBA ‘mistake’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Saturday told former Irish premier Enda Kenny, still a member of the EU nation’s parliament, that the 28-nation bloc should not make a “third mistake” regarding Cambodia by using the preferential Everything But Arms (EBA) agreement to “take 16 million

  • The hairy little heroes saving many lives in rural Cambodia

    IN RURAL Siem Reap province, rats dare to tread where no person will, as these hairy little heroes place their lives on the line each day for the good of the local community. The rodents are the most important members of a special team, leading

  • PM warns EU and opposition on 34th anniversary of his rule

    HUN Sen reached the milestone of 34 years as Cambodian prime minister on Monday and used the groundbreaking ceremony for a new ring road around Phnom Penh to tell the international community that putting sanctions on the Kingdom meant killing the opposition. “Please don’t forget