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Tainted wine kills two men

Tainted wine kills two men

Two men who died of rice-wine poisoning in Siem Reap town on Tuesday were identified yesterday.

A third remains in a serious condition in hospital.

Sok Samnang, a doctor at the Siem Reap provincial hospital, said the dead villagers had been identified as 28-year-old Bun Theun, of Siem Reap district’s Sala Kamroeuk commune, and 31-year-old Soum Sen, of Svay Leu district’s Svay Leu commune.

The surviving victim, Loun Van, 28, of Angkor Thom district’s Leang Dai commune, remains in hospital.

Somroung village chief Penh Pen told the Post yesterday Loun Van’s mother-in-law had informed him her son-in-law’s condition was “serious”.

Penh Pen said authorities were uncertain where the men had bought the tainted wine.

“They always drink rice wine after working in Siem Reap, so we don’t know yet where they bought the drink that caused their deaths,” he said.

District police chief Soun San said he had not received any information about the deaths.

In November, two wine-makers in Siem Reap province were charged with unintentional murder after wine they produced allegedly caused three deaths.

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