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Tycoon’s widow says police have ‘asked us nothing’

People crowd around the scene of a fatal shooting that took place in Phnom Penh
People crowd around the scene of a fatal shooting that took place in Phnom Penh in late November and claimed the life of business tycoon Eng Meng Cheu. Hong Menea

Tycoon’s widow says police have ‘asked us nothing’

The wife of slain businessman Eng Meng Cheu, Tang Kim Chheng, has barely been involved in the investigation of her husband’s murder, despite police having charged multiple suspects, she said in an interview yesterday.

Speaking to the Post for the first time, Kim Chheng, who runs a jewellery shop that is part of the Shimmex Group, said she has had few dealings with police since her husband’s death.

“Leave it for the authorities to seek justice for us,” she said. “I do not want to talk about anything since we’re still grieving and the authorities have asked us nothing.”

According to a relative, who asked to remain anonymous, Kim Chheng does not know the alleged mastermind behind her husband’s murder – tycoon Thong Sarath.

“If you ask his wife, she does not know him,” the family member said.

“Meng Cheu and her ran businesses separately, so we don’t know if Meng Cheu and Thong Sarath had a connection or not.”

Meng Cheu, the chairman of the Shimmex Group, was gunned down outside a fruit shop in the capital on November 22. Security camera footage shows the businessman being shot six times after getting out of a Lexus.

Four of Sarath’s bodyguards were later arrested and charged over the murder, two of them as accomplices. Sarath has fled into hiding and has been charged in absentia with instigating premeditated murder.

Sarath’s parents have also been arrested and charged with possessing illegal weapons.

Ministry of Interior spokesman Khieu Sopheak said yesterday that the investigation was currently focused on the whereabouts of Sarath, who is suspected to have fled to Vietnam.

“We urge Sarath’s family to cooperate with police and tell us where he is so he can be brought to court,” he said, adding that anyone who knew where he was but did not say could be charged.

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