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Suspect in Ranariddh crash seeks legal help

Suspect in Ranariddh crash seeks legal help

The Kampong Cham provincial coordinator for rights group Adhoc has said the family of a man arrested for crashing a truck into Prince Norodom Ranariddh’s motorcade last month has approached the group to intervene in the case.

An Phim said yesterday that the suspect, Chhoeun Sre, was arrested for reckless driving and causing injuries, but added that Adhoc’s investigation determined that he was not the driver at the time of the accident.

“The relatives of the victim came to Adhoc to help intervene and release him on bail,” Phin said yesterday. “Our investigation found that he was not the driver, so there should be no charges against him, and his detention is illegal.”

The Funcinpec party head’s entourage was struck on April 25 on its way back to Phnom Penh, injuring his wife, Ouk Phalla, and at least five others.

Kampong Cham provincial police chief Ben Rath said yesterday that a lawsuit has been filed against Sre over the incident.

Funcinpec spokesman Nhep Bun Chin declined to comment about the case, but noted that the prince’s wife will be removed from intensive care this weekend.

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