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Villagers questioned in alleged murder plot

Villagers questioned in alleged murder plot

Three village representatives linked to a land dispute involving a sister of Prime Minister Hun Sen were questioned at Kampong Speu provincial court yesterday in relation to allegations that they attempted to kill employees of the agricultural firm developing the land. The company, HLH Agriculture, withdrew its complaint yesterday morning, and the three villagers – Min Pek, Suong Davin and Hang Boeun – were allowed to return home after the hearing, said Am Sam Ath, a technical supervisor for the rights group Licadho. HLH Agriculture, which is jointly controlled by the prime minister’s sister Hun Seng Ny and Singaporean Ong Bee Huat, has accused the villagers of attempting to kill several of the company’s employees during a November 2008 protest over 450 hectares of disputed land in Omlaing commune, in Thpong district. Ong Bee Huat and Kampong Speu provincial judge Song Bunarith could not be reached for comment yesterday.