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

  • ‘Support of CNRP return online will lead to arrest’

    Anyone posting messages supporting the return of Sam Rainsy, the “acting president” of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), on social media will be arrested, the Ministry of Interior announced on Tuesday. Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak told The Post on Monday that authorities

  • CNRP activists arrested for ‘plotting insecurity’

    Three activists for the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) have been sent to Phnom Penh Municipal Court after they were arrested for their alleged involvement in an overseas-organised plot to mobilise demonstrations and cause insecurity. National Police spokesman Chhay Kim Khoeun said the

  • Police conduct raid on Orchid massage parlour

    Thirty-seven people, including three minors, were detained after Phnom Penh Municipal Police and the Department of Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection raided the Orchid massage parlour in Sen Sok district’s Phnom Penh Thmey commune on Monday. The 27-room massage parlour is believed to have

  • Rainsy charged with ‘insulting the King’

    Ministries and state institutions have condemned Sam Rainsy, the “acting president” of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), for allegedly insulting His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni. The condemnation came in the wake of Rainsy’s claim on Thursday during an interview with Radio