Second suspect held over Rock Club incident

Second suspect held over Rock Club incident

Police yesterday arrested and charged a second man over a shooting incident at a popular Phnom Penh nightclub owned by tycoon Kith Meng.

The arrest of Run Bunthoeun, bodyguard of high-ranking customs official Keo Sokheang, comes three days after Sokheang’s son Keo Vitou, 24, was arrested for allegedly firing 11 rounds from an AK-47 into the Rock Entertainment Centre in the early hours of Sunday, March 15.

“[Bunthoeun] was charged by the court’s prosecutor with the same charges as Keo Vitou,” said chief of the municipal Serious Crimes Unit Lieutenant Colonel Eng Sorphea. “He now has been sent for temporary detention at PJ prison in Phnom Penh.”

Sorphea said the pair faces three charges, including intentional damage with aggravating circumstances, intentional violence with aggravating circumstances and possession of a weapon without permission.

Police continue to hunt for a third suspect, previously identified as Sokheang’s brother-in-law.

According to a court official, who declined to be named, police allege Vitou can be seen on security camera footage firing the weapon. The same official alleged the gun belonged to Bunthoeun, who works as a bodyguard for Sokheang, the general director of the Ministry of Finance and Economy’s General Department of Customs and Excise, and his family.

The suspects could not be reached for comment.

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