Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Premier’s aide sacked over beating

Premier’s aide sacked over beating

Premier’s aide sacked over beating

Bun Sokha, an aide to the prime minister and deputy chief of staff of his bodyguard unit, has been sacked in the wake of last month’s vicious beating of four men in a Koh Kong province hotel.

“Bun Sokha must be fired [as] assistant of Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia,” states a Royal Decree signed by acting head of state Chea Sim on April 26 and obtained by the Post yesterday.

Bun Sokha and three underlings – two bodyguards and a driver – are accused of beating the four men on April 22, an event captured by the Koh Kong City hotel’s security camera and subsequently uploaded to the website YouTube.

The prosecution charged the quartet with intentional violence and sent them to prison to await trial on April 25.

Each of the four victims have since accepted compensation ranging from $3,000 to $5,000 from the accused.

Bun Sokha’s defence lawyer previously told the Post that he planned to seek bail, but as of yesterday had not done so.

To contact the reporter on this story: Chhay Channyda at [email protected]


  • 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

  • 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

  • Ministry’s plan for net sparks fears

    The government has ordered all domestic and international internet traffic in the Kingdom to pass through a Data Management Centre (DMC) that has been newly created by the state-owned Telecom Cambodia, in a move some have claimed is an attempt to censor government critics. Spokesman

  • 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