Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Pagoda killing: No murder charges for jailed monk

Pagoda killing: No murder charges for jailed monk

Pagoda killing: No murder charges for jailed monk

A teenage monk was charged in Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday over the fatal stabbing of a senior monk at the capital’s Samaki Rainsy pagoda on Monday, according to deputy prosecutor Chea Meth.

“I decided to charge Ly Toeng with violence in aggravating circumstances causing [unintentional] death – Article 224 of the Penal Code,” he said.

Toeng, also known as Chan Sophak, 17, allegedly stabbed Thach Khan, his pagoda’s second deputy chief, after a dispute outside their living quarters. Khan died soon after.

Teng Sino, Meanchey district police chief, said on Tuesday that a murder charge was not appropriate as it appeared a violent clash between the suspect and the victim had occurred and the killing was not premeditated.

According to the National Police, Toeng alleged that Khan had physically beaten him a number of times – a claim another monk at the pagoda has insisted is not true.

If found guilty, Toeng faces up to 15 years in prison.

Most monks at Samaki Rainsy have been involved in a fast-growing activist movement, and some have called for a thorough investigation into Khan’s killing.


  • Hun Sen’s China visit ‘a good opportunity’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen’s visit to Beijing on Sunday to discuss economic and trade issues presents a good opportunity for the Kingdom to strengthen Chinese ties and counter punitive measures by the West, an analyst says. The prime minister’s four-day official visit to

  • Former chief bodyguard receives royal pardon

    The former chief bodyguard of late Senate president Chea Sim has received a royal pardon nearly eight years after he was sentenced to 15 years behind bars on several charges, according to a royal decree dated November 12, last year, and obtained by The Post on Wednesday.

  • Close to the edge: Hair raising pictures from Kulen Mountain

    A new hair raising attraction on Kulen Mountain has finally opened to the public, with people flocking to the protruding cliff edge overlooking green mountainous forests to take photographs. The giant overhanging rock is situated in an area known as Mahendraparvata – an ancient city of

  • US warned not to interfere despite successful meeting

    A senior Ministry of National Defence official said the Tuesday meeting between the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence for South and Southeast Asia Joseph H Felter and General Neang Phat had helped strengthen relations between the two countries’ militaries. However, a senior Cambodian People’