Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - More questioning for Hun Sen assistant, bodyguards

More questioning for Hun Sen assistant, bodyguards

More questioning for Hun Sen assistant, bodyguards

A personal assistant of Prime Minister Hun Sen and a trio of associates accused of beating four men in Koh Kong province over the weekend were sent to provincial court for further questioning yesterday.

Lay Menglaing, chief of minor crime police in Koh Kong, said on Tuesday that Bun Sokha, an assistant to Hun Sen as well as deputy chief of staff in the premier’s bodyguard unit, along with his two bodyguards and a driver were charged by police under article 218 of the penal law with “intentional acts of violence with aggravating circumstances”.

“We sent them to the court at 10:15am,” he said. “They told us that they used only hands and legs to beat the victims, not electric batons, but the camera at the hotel showed they used an electric baton and also pointed a gun at them.”

Bun Sokha, 38, bodyguards Sum Veasna, 37, Meng Chheangly, 21, and driver Sum Chhaiya, 25, were detained on Monday by Koh Kong provincial police after they allegedly attacked four men at Koh Kong City hotel in Khemarak Phoumin town at Sunday night.

The attack followed an argument that erupted after one of the victim’s arrived at Bun Sokha’s room looking for a necklace he believed he had left there earlier.

Prosecutor Top Chhun Heng declined to comment yesterday, saying he was still questioning the suspects.

Licahdo provincial coordinator In Kong Chet, who is monitoring the case at provincial court, said that at 5.40pm on Tuesday the prosecutor finished questioning the suspects and sent them back to spend another night at provincial police headquarters.

“He will bring them to question again tomorrow,” he said, adding that he had observed the suspects had “more freedom” of movement than normally granted to detainees.

“All four suspects still used phones to call out and walk freely in the courtyard. Also, I see there are many police officers patrolling outside the court.

Today’s courthouse has something irregular,” he said.

“They still have rights, but they should be treated like ordinary suspects.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Chhay Channyda at [email protected]

MOST VIEWED

  • Angkor Wat named as the top landmark for the second year

    Travel website TripAdvisor has named Cambodia’s ancient wonder Angkor Wat as the top landmark in the world for the second year running in their Travelers’ Choice Award 2018, an achievement Cambodian tourism operators expect will attract more tourists to the Kingdom. The website uses traveller

  • New US bill ‘is a violation of Cambodian independence’

    After a US congressmen introduced bipartisan legislation that will enact sanctions on Cambodian officials responsible for “undermining democracy” in the Kingdom, government officials and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party on Sunday said they regarded the potential action as the “violation of independence and sovereignty

  • Hun Sen detractors ‘will die’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday said those who curse or insult him would eventually die without a plot of land to bury their bodies after being killed by lightning, suffering the same fate as those who recently died in Thmar Baing district in Koh

  • Ministry’s plan for net sparks fears

    The government has ordered all domestic and international internet traffic in the Kingdom to pass through a Data Management Centre (DMC) that has been newly created by the state-owned Telecom Cambodia, in a move some have claimed is an attempt to censor government critics. Spokesman