Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - PM's nephew detained for questioning over shooting

PM's nephew detained for questioning over shooting

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Hun Chea, a nephew of Prime Minister Hun Sen and three-star lieutenant general, was detained on Wednesday for questioning over a shooting incident that took place at Chea's house Tuesday night. Facebook

PM's nephew detained for questioning over shooting

Hun Chea, a nephew of Prime Minister Hun Sen and three-star lieutenant general, was detained on Wednesday for questioning over a shooting incident that took place at Chea's house on Tuesday night, police said.

Phnom Penh Municipal Police Chief Chuon Sovann confirmed that Ministry of Interior police took Chea in on Wednesday. Around 10 rounds were fired in an unspecified incident at Chea's home in Daun Penh district's Psar Thmey I commune last night, according to Sovann, who gave few other details.

"The municipal police did not detain Hun Chea," he said. "It was the police from the security department of the Ministry of Interior."

Chea, the son of the prime minister's older brother, Hun San, has had trouble with the law in the past.

In 2002, Chea and his cousin, Hun To, were charged in a shootout that injured two people, although the case was ultimately dropped due to insufficient evidence.

In 2010, the premier made an appeal to him to return to his family after Chea was publicly accused of cheating on his wife and using drugs.

Ministry of Interior spokesman Khieu Sopheak could not be immediately reached.

Updates to follow.

A previous version of this article incorrectly referred to Hun Chea as a major general. He is in fact a lieutenant general.

MOST VIEWED

  • Massive stingrays may live in Mekong’s deep pools

    US scientists have suggested that unexplored deep pools in the Mekong River in an area of Stung Treng could potentially be home to significant populations of giant freshwater stingrays, one of the world’s largest freshwater fish species. This comes as a fisherman hooked a 180

  • CCC team off on US business trip

    The Kingdom’s leading economists and private sector representatives have called on the US to renew its tax preferential status for Cambodian exports, as a Cambodia Chamber of Commerce (CCC) delegation departed for a weeklong business visit to the US, where they will meet with

  • PM takes time to meet, greet Cambodians living in the US

    After landing in the US ahead of the ASEAN-US Special Summit, Prime Minister Hun Sen was received by over 1,000 Cambodian-Americans including political analysts who welcomed him with greetings, fist bumps and selfies. Hun Sen also met with analyst Mak Hoeun, who had allegedly spoken ill

  • Khmer cinema classics back on big screen for free at WB Arena’s outdoor movies series

    On a recent Saturday evening at WB Arena, Bunsong was enjoying a tasty BBQ meal with his family after work on the long tables that had been arranged out in front of the restaurant as they watched a Khmer action movie on a big outdoor

  • PM heads to Washington for ASEAN-US special summit

    Regional and international issues and how to bring the ASEAN-US partnership to another level will be discussed at length as Prime Minister Hun Sen and his ministers arrive in Washington, DC, for a special summit on May 12-13. During the trip, Hun Sen and ASEAN

  • National Assembly refutes EU resolution

    The National Assembly (NA) has hit back at a European Parliament resolution condemning the political and human rights situation in Cambodia, calling it another display of the Parliament’s “double standards”. Key points of the resolution include a warning that the Parliament could exclude the