Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Publisher being held over shooting claim

Publisher being held over shooting claim

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Chhoum Sitha, publisher of the Dom Noeng Kampuchea, poses for his mugshot in Siem Reap on Wednesday. facebook

Publisher being held over shooting claim

The publisher of the Dom Noeng Kampuchea newspaper has been charged and placed in provisional detention by the Siem Reap Provincial Court.

Days earlier, he was arrested near Svay Leu Thmey market in the province’s Svay Leu district, for allegedly firing a shotgun and threatening a military officer allegedly known for trading in timber.

Court spokesman Yin Srang said the accused, Chhoum Sitha, 55, has been charged with illegal use of weapons and threatening others. The charges, under articles 490 and 332 of the Penal Code, carries a prison sentence of up to three years and two years, respectively.

“After deciding on the charges, [the court] places the accused in provisional detention at the provincial prison. He has the right to deny the charges,” he said.

Deputy provincial police chief Phing Chendareth said Svay Leu district police had sent Sitha to the provincial police who submitted documents to the provincial court. “We already filed documents to the provincial court. The court is conducting further investigations,” he said.

Svay Leu district police chief Sun Eng previously told The Post that Sitha is a Phnom Penh resident but resided at his newspaper office in Siem Reap’s Boeung Mealea commune, Svay Leu district.

The plaintiff, Mey Su, 40, is a military officer residing in Preah Vihear province’s Kampong Pranak commune.

“We charged [Sitha] with ‘illegal use of weapons,’ but additional charges could be pressed depending on further investigations. It is out of my hands now.” he said.

Sitha told reporters he had not committed any crime as alleged, adding he is a journalist and does not possess a gun to threaten others. On the contrary, he said, it’s the plaintiff who possessed the gun because he is a military officer.

“I don’t have any gun to threaten others. I don’t know where the gun came from. After the incident, police inspected my car and found nothing, but they still handcuffed me and pressed charges against me. I have no idea,” he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Omicron patients can stay home: PM

    The Ministry of Health has issued a directive on the treatment of people who have tested positive for the highly transmissible Omicron coronavirus variant, following a suggestion from Prime Minister Hun Sen on the night of January 21. The directive permits home quarantine for those who

  • Cambodia’s first ever anime festival kicks off Jan 22 at capital’s F3 centre

    Phnom Penh's first ever Anime Festival will bring together fans, artists, shops and other local businesses with ties to the Japanese animation style for cosplay competitions, online games, pop-up shops and more on January 22, with Friends Futures Factory (F3) hosting. F3 is a project that

  • Hun Sen gets 4th Covid shot, urges compatriots to follow

    Prime Minister Hun Sen and his wife Bun Rany on January 14 received their fourth dose of Covid-19 vaccine and called on compatriots to follow suit as the Omicron coronavirus variant continues to spread in the community. This marks the launch of Cambodia's fourth-dose vaccination campaign,

  • Fourth dose Covid booster drive jabs 43K in two days

    In the first two days of the fourth-dose Covid-19 vaccination campaign, more than 43,000 people volunteered to get the jabs, while over 4.6 million people have received a third shot. Health ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine said that fourth-dose vaccinations, which began on January 14 exclusively with the Pfizer

  • Singapore backs Cambodia's efforts on Myanmar

    Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong supports Cambodia in its efforts to seek a solution to the ongoing Myanmar crisis as the chair of ASEAN. Lee expressed his support during a meeting with Prime Minister Hun Sen via videoconference on January 14, with the talks focused

  • Mr Pancake or M Crepe? Tasty by any title

    Crowds of people gather around a lone man with a mobile food cart every day at around 2pm in front of the Institut Francais du Cambodge to order what many say are the best crepes in Phnom Penh. To some – even to the man making