A reserve candidate for the Human Rights Party apparently hanged himself on Wednesday night in Chirou II commune in Kampong Cham province’s Tbong Khmum district, police said yesterday.
Kong Sihong, Chirou II commune police chief, said the body of Pov Kirivong, 56, was found hanging from a mango tree near his house by villagers yesterday morning, who then notified the police.
Pov Kirivong had likely killed himself due to depression over a long-term illness, he said.
“Based on the answers of the victim’s family and the examination, the reason for his hanging is due to long-lasting haemorrhoid disease.”
Seng Seangly, HRP director of operations in Kampong Cham province, said he was unsure whether the suicide of Pov Kirivong was a political or personal affair.
The deceased had argued with a military police officer while campaigning with his party members two days prior, he said.
“I will ask the human rights groups to investigate this case,” added Seng Seangly.
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