Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Police quiz potential suspects in Kampot murder case

Police quiz potential suspects in Kampot murder case

Police quiz potential suspects in Kampot murder case

Kampot provincial police have questioned a handful of potential suspects – both French and Cambodian – in connection with the death of 25-year-old French national Ophélie Begnis.

A district police official who asked not to be named said yesterday that he and others were instructed in a meeting to look for suspects who showed signs of having been scratched or lightly injured, as Begnis may have fought back before she was murdered earlier this month.

Kampot deputy police chief In Chiva said yesterday the meeting was led by the provincial police commissioner and district police officials, but would not give details.

Ouk Narin, deputy chief of forensics with the Scientific Technical Police Department in Phnom Penh, said samples drawn from the body had already been sent for testing in France.

The naked body of Begnis, 25, was discovered in the Kampot river with injuries to her head and arm on February 10.

She was last seen bicycling out of her resort in the afternoon on February 9.

To contact the reporter on this story: Kim Sarom at [email protected]


  • Angkor Wat named as the top landmark for the second year

    Travel website TripAdvisor has named Cambodia’s ancient wonder Angkor Wat as the top landmark in the world for the second year running in their Travelers’ Choice Award 2018, an achievement Cambodian tourism operators expect will attract more tourists to the Kingdom. The website uses traveller

  • New US bill ‘is a violation of Cambodian independence’

    After a US congressmen introduced bipartisan legislation that will enact sanctions on Cambodian officials responsible for “undermining democracy” in the Kingdom, government officials and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party on Sunday said they regarded the potential action as the “violation of independence and sovereignty

  • Hun Sen detractors ‘will die’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday said those who curse or insult him would eventually die without a plot of land to bury their bodies after being killed by lightning, suffering the same fate as those who recently died in Thmar Baing district in Koh

  • NOCC to contest petanque, tennis axe

    The National Olympic Committee of Cambodia will lobby hard over the next few weeks for the inclusion of the Kingdom’s most productive medal-earning sport, petanque, along with vovinam and tennis after the disciplines were left out of the initial list of 30 preferred sports for