Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Police colonel charged in scuffle

Police colonel charged in scuffle

Police colonel charged in scuffle

Tycoon and military police colonel Khy Kimlon with charged yesterday with illegally discharging his firearm into the air during a scuffle between pro-ruling party guests at his home and pro-opposition campaigners parading down his street, a Phnom Penh Municipal Court official said.

Court prosecutor Meas Chanpisith confirmed that he had charged Kimlon but had decided to release his nephew, fellow military police officer Ung Chanthan, after finding he wasn’t directly involved in Friday’s shooting.

“According to the law,” Chanpisith said, “[Kimlon] could face between one and three years in jail if convicted. Chanpisith added that he had also issued charges for the unknown opposition supporters who damaged Kimlon’s property when their group began exchanging volleys of debris with Kimlon’s guests over the wall of his villa.

Pou Davy, the deputy military police commander who arrested Kimlon, said that the tycoon’s actions had been inappropriate.

“He has the right to carry a gun, but he used it at the wrong time,” Davy said.

Opposition spokesman Yim Sovann said that his party would let the court do its job and welcomed any prosecution against those who had damaged property.


  • Hun Sen rejects ‘rift’ rumours spread by ‘stupid gangsters’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday denied a “rift” among top leaders of the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), and rejected claims that Senate president Say Chhum and Interior Minister Sar Kheng were set to be removed from their positions as rumours spread by “gangsters”.

  • Huge 3.5-tonne ivory haul seized in capital

    Working with US officials, Phnom Penh Autonomous Port has uncovered almost 3.5 tonnes of elephant ivory hidden in a container, the US Embassy in Cambodia said on Facebook on Saturday. A tip-off provided to the General Department of Customs and Excise by a US Fish and

  • EU ambassador to Cambodia: Rights a ‘work in progress’

    The EU ambassador to Cambodia has called human rights “a work in progress” and said the 28-nation bloc has “carefully” noted last week’s statement by the government on taking further steps to strengthen democracy and the political sphere in the Kingdom. The EU marked

  • Assembly passes amendment to Political Party Law Article 45

    The National Assembly on Thursday unanimously approved a proposed amendment to Article 45 of the Law on Political Parties in a move that could pave the way for former senior opposition leaders banned for five years to return to the political stage. As expected, the 115 ruling