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Military officer accused of killing villager

Military officer accused of killing villager

A MILITARY police official has been accused of shooting a villager to death in Banteay Meanchey province’s Malay district on Friday. Ran La, 27, remains at large after a complaint – filed with the rights group Adhoc by the family of victim Phoun Phim, 18 – accuses the official of shooting his gun twice in the air because the victim’s home-made tractor failed to stop on its way to a local pagoda. One of the bullets ricocheted and hit the victim in the arm, and he died in hospital the next day. Provincial military police chief Or Borin said the suspect will be made “responsible before the law”.  Adhoc provincial coordinator Soum Chankea said the rights group had concluded that “it was an intentional killing because it was not in self-defence.”

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