Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - No charges for gun-firing captain

No charges for gun-firing captain

No charges for gun-firing captain

A local military police captain faces a series of humiliating punishments – but no criminal charges – after being arrested for threatening others with his gun and firing “anarchically” in Sen Sok district.

Ouk Synoreak, 45, was arrested by Sen Sok district police on Saturday night after drunkenly shooting his gun in the air. He then fled the scene, but returned half an hour later and threatened onlookers with his weapon before being arrested, police said.

“I don’t have the right to punish him, but I cooperated with military police in the district to subdue him and arrest him and then we sent him to the Phnom Penh municipal military police office to punish him according to the law,” Sen Sok district police chief Mok Hong said.

Rather than sending the captain to face charges in municipal court, Phnom Penh municipal military police chief Ya Kim Y said the officer was being punished “according to our rules”.

“We shaved his head, fined him and ordered him to work in the military barracks until he changes his attitude and promises not to do that again,” Ya Kim Y said. “Then, we will set him free.”

Ya Kim Y said Ouk Synoreak was being punished “as an example for other officials, so that they will not use their guns anarchically”.

“He doesn’t have to face the court because he has not shot anyone in order to injure or kill them yet, but we need to suspend him from work for a short time and let him stay in the military barracks in order to collect rubbish, clean the toilets and do some other work,” Ya Kim Y said.

Am Sam Ath, a senior monitor with local rights group Licadho, said Ouk Synoreak should face charges within the Kingdom’s legal system in addition to the administrative discipline.

“He has to be sent to the court and punished through the law for abusing his position and disturbing the peace,” Am Sam Ath said.

“His role is to use his gun to protect people and society, not to use it anarchically and threaten people like this.”

MOST VIEWED

  • Negotiations on EBA being held

    In an effort to defuse tensions, a senior government official said Cambodia is negotiating with the European Union (EU) on the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade deal, which allows the Kingdom to export goods to the 28-member bloc tariff-free. The EU notified Cambodia on October 5

  • Ministers to tackle sea pollutants

    Preah Sihanouk provincial authorities and members of local communities have collected 77 tonnes of water hyacinth at a Sihanoukville beach, Preah Sihanouk Provincial Hall spokesperson Or Saroeun said. He told The Post yesterday that the aquatic weeds had been floating along some of the province’s

  • Chinese police escort deported scam suspects

    Ninety-one Chinese nationals accused of extorting money from victims in a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) scam were deported from Phnom Penh International Airport on Monday under the escort of 182 Chinese police personnel. General Department of Immigration head of investigations Ouk Hay Seila told reporters

  • EU officials: Ending EBA an 18-month procedure

    EU officials have confirmed that it will take a total of 18 months to complete the procedure if Cambodia’s preferential Everything But Arms (EBA) trade agreement is to be withdrawn. According to EU Agriculture and Rural Development spokesman Daniel Rosario, the formal process has not