Feb 21: A Vietnamese-American Ly Broun Son was arrested after police received
a complaint document from the FBI that accused him of burning his son in the United
States on Feb 27, 1996 as part of an insurance scam. He then escaped to Phnom Penh.
The police arrested him near Pet Chen, Phnom Penh.
Feb 24: Seventeen villagers were abducted by a group of bandits in an attempt
to get ransom. The incident took place at Kroch Chhmar district Kampong Cham province.
On Feb. 25, six of the villagers were released to find money to give to the bandits.
Feb 27: Two robbers were killed and one was arrested by police after they
attempted to rob a moto-taxi driver carrying a foreigner and his girl friend. The
woman ran off and sought help but she was wounded by the robbers. When the police
arrived the robbers escaped into the Faculty of Medicine. Two of them were shot dead
in the toilet and one was arrested as he hid in a sewer pipe.
Feb 27: Ly Sean, a CMAC doctor, was shot dead by Kong Ty Lorn, 27, a Kampong
Cham medical intern at the victim's house at 12:30 pm at House 71 St. 204, Toul Kok
district. The victim's god-daughter said that the offender came to ask back a loan
that he had given to Sean's wife, in order to transfer jobs for him and his wife
from Kampong Cham to Phnom Penh at Kantha Bopha hospital. The "loan" was
Mar 1: Three drug smugglers were killed and two arrested by the anti-drug
police in Khan Daun Penh near Lucky Supermarket. Two of the dead men were killed
in an exchange of gunfire and one committed suicide by exploding a grenade to his
head so that his head was blown off. Police seized 5000 amphetamine tablets, three
pistols and one motorcycle. Sources said they were all criminal police from Pailin.
Mar 2: Gen Keo Vanna, 52, deputy chief of cabinet strategy committee for
the commander-in-chiefs was shot at by moto riders on road 598, Sangkat Phnom Penh,
Russey Keo district. His car was damaged by the bullets but he did not get hurt.
Mar 2: Two policemen were killed and five wounded after they opened fire
with soldiers at Sras Trochiea Chet (the Pond of the Cold Heart) in Poipet. The fighting
happened after they had an argument in a drinking shop.
Mar 4: An unidentified body was found in a rice paddy at Trapang Andas
village, Kampong Speu. The police found that the victim, wearing a soldier's uniform,
had been hit by three bullets.
Mar 5: Sin Khoeun, 38, a public servant of Kien Svay culture department,
committed suicide by shooting himself behind his house in Chhroy Dong village, Kandal.
Mar 7: Twenty-one houses were destroyed by fire at 21:30 pm near Stung
Meanchey bridge on Street 271, Sangkat Boen Salang, Toul Kok. The fire was caused
by a kerosene lamp in a brothel. A pimp escaped when the fire started.
Mar 7: Tem Young, 36, was killed by Hen Young, 37, who struck him with
a hatchet ten times at a drinking place. A source said that the offender carried
a hatchet and struck the victim five times and when the victim fell down he added
five more. The incident took place at Mok Kampol district, Kandal.
Mar 7: Tang Ly Chenh, 8, was kidnapped by an offender who demanded a $50,000
ransom. The offender was a moto-taxi driver who was taking the victim and her brother
to Mohamontrey pagoda. But when they arrived he dropped his cap and when the brother
went to pick it up he drove off with the victim. After that he demanded that her
parents give him $50,000 to release her.
- (Summarized from Koh Santepheap and Rasmei Kampuchea by Bou Saroeun.)