Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Police end probe into Kratie protest claims

Police end probe into Kratie protest claims

Villagers and security personnel clash at a land dispute protest in Kratie province’s Snuol district this month. Fresh News
Villagers and security personnel clash at a land dispute protest in Kratie province’s Snuol district this month. Fresh News

Police end probe into Kratie protest claims

An interior Ministry spokesman on Tuesday confirmed that police officials had ended their investigation into claims security personnel fired on protesters in Kratie province, finding allegations they had killed demonstrators to be untrue.

Security officials on March 8 opened fire on protesters at Memot Rubber Plantation in Snuol district, with initial reports from an official with rights group Adhoc that six individuals had been killed and 40 injured. The official has since said he was conveying second-hand information, and two other residents took back their initial claims of seeing at least two deaths.

The investigation only looked into whether or not casualties had taken place, not into why security forces had fired shots, injuring at least two people.

“We already finished the investigation. There is no such case as what the Radio Free Asia has reported that six people were dead and 40 people injured,” said Interior Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak.

Read more: Villagers flee rubber plantation where security personnel fired on protesters in Kratie province

Sopheak was referring to a Radio Free Asia story based on a villager’s account that there had been six people killed during the shooting, a death count also initially reported by The Post. The Ministry of Information has asked for a correction from the broadcaster.

Observers and reporters were denied access to the site of the protest after the demonstration.

“We have still have not closed our investigation. The investigation is very complicated because the authorities are not cooperating with us,” said Adhoc land rights coordinator Soeung Sen Karuna.

MOST VIEWED

  • Accused not treated equally, says CCHR

    The Cambodia Centre for Human Rights (CCHR) has urged the Court of Appeal to do more to ensure that an accused’s right to a fair trial is fully respected. In a bulletin released on Monday, the CCHR said it had monitored 273 cases at the

  • Investors’ $14.4M projects approved

    New investments from local and foreign sources continue to pour into Cambodia despite the Covid-19 pandemic remaining a lingering threat to regional and global economies. This comes as the Kingdom’s gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to contract between one and 2.9 per cent this

  • NagaWorld casinos set to reopen, schools to follow

    NAGACORP Ltd has requested that it be allowed to reopen its NagaWorld integrated resorts in Phnom Penh after the government recently approved casinos to operate again, provided they follow Covid-19 prevention measures set by the Ministry of Health. Mey Vann, the director-general of the Ministry

  • Rubber exports stretch 17%

    Cambodia exported 97,175 tonnes of natural rubber in the first five months of this year, surging 17 per cent compared to the same period last year as the Covid-19 pandemic stretches on, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries official Khuong Phalla told The Post on Thursday. Phalla,

  • ASEM supports Kingdom’s proposal to postpone meeting amid Covid

    The 13th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM13) scheduled to be held in Cambodia in November has been postponed until mid-2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation press statement released on Saturday said. The decision was made during a two-day meeting

  • Coffee maker roasted for producing fake product

    The Ministry of Interior’s Counter Counterfeit Committee will send a suspect to court on Monday after she allegedly roasted coffee mixed with soybeans and other ingredients, creating a product which could pose a high risk to consumers’ health. On the afternoon of July 2, the

  • Cash handout programme 80% complete

    Minister of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation Vong Soth confirmed on Thursday that the implementation of the Cash Transfer Programme For Poor and Vulnerable Households During Covid-19 had been implemented for more than 80% of the over 560,000 families. The programme was introduced one week ago.

  • Cambodia armed with money laundering laws

    Money laundering will now carry a penalty of up to five years in prison while those convicted of financing terrorists will be jailed for up to 20 years, according to new laws promulgated by King Norodom Sihamoni and seen by The Post on Thursday. Comprising nine

  • Where is Cambodia’s exit strategy that can save the economy?

    With the prospect of being slammed by a double whammy, the government is working on an economic recovery plan to deliver it from Covid-19 and the EU’s partial withdrawal of the Everything But Arms scheme in the next two to three years Cambodia is

  • Schools to be reopened in ‘three stages’

    With guidance from Prime Minister Hun Sen, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, is in the process of reopening schools in three stages. But no timeline has been set, ministry spokesperson Ros Soveacha said on Thursday. Soveacha said the first stage will be to