Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Prison official struck female inmate: guard

Prison official struck female inmate: guard

Prison official struck female inmate: guard

The deputy chief of Banteay Meanchey Provincial Prison assaulted a female prisoner after she had an argument with a fellow prisoner during their exercise time yesterday morning, a prison guard told the Post.

The guard, who declined to be named as he was not authorized to speak to the media, said deputy prison chief Oeur Saroeun had slapped 26-year-old Chhoeuth Srey Ya – who is in jail for drug distribution charges and has a one-year-old daughter living with her there – twice.

“He got angry with this  female prisoner . . . so he slapped her face with two hands,” the guard said.

Oeur Saroeun could not be contacted for comment, but prison chief Colonel Hin Sophal denied the course of events, saying Saroeun had merely pushed Srey Ya into her cell after she cursed at other prison guards.

“She has often asked to be allowed to deliver food she cooked in her cell to her friends in other cells; when guards did not allow her to do so – she called them ‘guard dogs’,” said Sophal.

He said that Sareoun had merely gone to “advise” her and did not physically assault her as alleged.

Chea Sothea, rights group Licadho’s provincial prison researcher, said the organisation would conduct an investigation into the assault today.

MOST VIEWED

  • Government hits back at threats to pull EBA, suspend UN seat

    The spokesman for the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) has said the government is in no way concerned after the European Parliament gave it three months to reverse what it called the “systematic repression of the political opposition”. Ignoring the ultimatum could mean facing

  • Chinese influx pushing locals, Westerners out of Preah Sihanouk

    Some within the Kingdom’s tourism industry have speculated that the recent influx of Chinese visitors may hinder domestic tourism as the price of accommodations in the coastal city of Sihanoukville continues to rise. Preah Sihanouk province, which has become a hotbed for Chinese investment

  • Sar Kheng: Sokha requested security

    Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Sunday revealed the story behind the transfer of former opposition party leader Kem Sokha from Trapaing Phlong prison in Tbong Khmum province to his house in the capital. Speaking at the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) headquarters in Prey

  • Chinese living in Kingdom more than doubles since ’17

    The number of Chinese nationals living in Cambodia this year has increased to more than 210,000. The figure rose from last year’s 100,000, the newly appointed Secretary of State Sok Phal confirmed yesterday. He said: “Of the 210,000, more than 78,000 are living in Preah Sihanouk [province], but