Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea

A 26-YEAR-OLD man was charged yesterday with the rape of a 16-year-old girl in Banteay Meanchey’s Sisophon Town on Friday morning, officials said yesterday.
Prum Theng, chief of the provincial anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection office, said that Khem Khom, an employee for the girl’s family, was detained by the girl’s parents after he raped her at her house.
“He raped the victim twice before he was arrested,” he said.
In a separate case, a 42-year-old man was arrested yesterday over the rape of 13-year-old girl in Kampong Chhnang province’s Teuk Phos District, district police chief Kim Sareth said.
“She was caught and forcibly raped by the suspect while she went to look after her buffalos in the rice fields,” he said.
By Buth Reaksmey Kongkea

AN American doctor has been arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing two teenage boys.

The United States citizen was arrested in the Phnom Penh’s Chamkarmon district at 9.3am on Friday, said Keo Thea, director of the capital’s Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Police, yesterday.

He said that the suspect had been detained by police and was being questioned regarding the purchase of child prostitution services in Cambodia.

“I expect that he will be charged by the municipal court on Monday,” he said.

The American, he added, had been arrested following contact with the FBI and a search had been conducted of his home.
By Buth Reaksmey Kongkea

Possession of fake currency and an illegal firearm led to the arrest of two Vietnamese nationals on Tuesday night in Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district.

Kong Veasna, an officer of the Phnom Penh Municipal military police, said that Hean Krahan, 66, and Yin Tum, 51, were arrested on Tuesday around 11:30pm in Daun Penh’s Phsar Thmey III commune.

When the suspects were arrested, police confiscated a pistol, 18 bullets, US$ 400 in fake currency, US$ 1,800 of legitimate currency and six mobile cell phones, said Kong Veasna.

He also added that Heang Krahan was carrying a press card issued by the Ministry of Information that identified him as a reporter for the “The Krong Kampuchea Newspaper,” in Phnom Penh.

The two suspects could not be reached yesterday for comment.
By Buth Reaksmey Kongkea

TWO young girls drowned in a canal in Banteay Meanchey province’s Mongkol Borei district on Friday afternoon on the way home from visiting their parents in a nearby rice field, officials said yesterday.

Deputy provincial police chief Chan Kosal said that Kunthea Routh, 11, and her 6-year-old sister, Kunthea Neang, drowned in a canal about 400 metres from their house in O’ Prasat commune’s Phnom Prasath village after leaving around midday.

“They have sought out their parents, who left home for a long time to work as rice harvesters for people in the same village. As they returned home along the road, they played in the water of the canal and drowned together,” he said.

Chan Kosal added that witnesses said Kunthea Routh attempted to help when she saw her sister struggling in the water, but neither could swim. Their bodies were discovered by their parents on the bank of the canal that evening, he said.
By Buth Reaksmey Kongkea

The Court of Appeal yesterday postponed the hearing of convicted Thai spies Veera Somkwamkid and Ratree Pipapatanapaiboon due to their lack of defense lawyers and Thai interpreters.

Samrith Sophal, a judge at the Court of Appeal, said that the duo’s appeal hearing, which was set to open yesterday, has been postponed to November 28.

“Their case is criminal and [they] must have lawyers to defend them for their hearing. Due to their lack of defense lawyers and interpreters, it is decided to postpone their appealing hearing to November 28,” he told reporters yesterday at the Court of Appeal.

Veera Somkwamkid and Ratree Pipapatanapaiboon were not present at court yesterday. They could not be reached for comments.

Thai Foreign Affairs spokesman Thani Thongpakdee said the defendants are looking after their own defense and declined to comment further.

Pich Vicheka, a former defense lawyer for the two, said that he was not aware of their appeal hearing because he had not been hired to defend them for their appeal.

“I am now no longer involved with their cases,” he said. “I could not comment about their appeal.”

Chiv Song Hak, president of the Bar Association of the Kingdom of Cambodia, said that if the two convicted spies are unable to pay for their defense and cannot find lawyers, they can request that the court ask for lawyers from his association.

“The Bar Association of the Kingdom of Cambodia is [happy] to send its lawyers to provide legal services for every suspect if they do not have money to hire lawyers or cannot find defense lawyers. If they need our lawyers, they can request it to the courts,” he told the Post yesterday.

In regard to the lack of interpreters, he added that those can also be requested through the court.

Veera Somkwamkid and Ratree Pipapatanapaiboon were arrested by Cambodian authorities on December 28, 2010, along with other five Thai nationals after illegally crossing into Cambodia near O’Bei Chean Village, in Banteay Meanchey province.

On February 1, Veera Somkwamkid was sentenced by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court to a total of 8 years in jail and fined 1.5 million riel (or about US$367), while Ratree Pipapatanapaiboon was convicted to 6 years in jail and fined 1.2 million riel (or $294).
Buth Reaksmey Kongkea

Kidnappers freed the son of a three-star general yesterday in what his father claimed was a case of mistaken identity that led the assailants to drop a US$500,000 ransom demand.
So Akno, the son of Lieutenant General So Phan, the deputy director of the general commissariat of the National Police, was kidnapped on October 8 by a group of armed men who police said then demanded $1 million ransom for his release.
But So Phan said having already halved their demand, the kidnappers released his son yesterday at 2 am without extorting a cent from him.
“I am very happy, as my son has been released from a group of kidnappers, and he was not tortured or injured. I did not pay any money to the kidnappers,” he said, adding he would not pursue the perpetrators through the courts or police.
He denied rumors he had paid US$500,000 to secure his son’s release.
But a police official from the Ministry of Interior, who asked to remain anonymous, claimed the reduced ransom had been paid by So Phan to free his son.
“We now are working hard to arrest these kidnappers to bring them to justice,” he said, adding that the group had been sighted throwing So Akno into a Lexus at 6 pm when they originally kidnapped him from his house in Phnom Penh’s Russey Keo district.
Touch Naruth, chief of Phnom Penh Municipal Police; Ya Kim Y, chief of Phnom Penh Municipal Military Police; Mok Chito, chief of the Ministry of Interior’s Criminal Police Department; and Khieu Sopheak, could not be reached for comment yesterday.
By Buth Reaksmey Kongkea

TWO young girls drowned in a canal in Banteay Meanchey province’s Mongkol Borei district on Friday afternoon on the way home from visiting their parents in a nearby rice field, officials said yesterday.

Deputy provincial police chief Chan Kosal said that Kunthea Routh, 11, and her 6-year-old sister, Kunthea Neang, drowned in a canal about 400 metres from their house in O’ Prasat commune’s Phnom Prasath village after leaving around midday.

“They have sought out their parents, who left home for a long time to work as rice harvesters for people in the same village. As they returned home along the road, they played in the water of the canal and drowned together,” he said.

Chan Kosal added that witnesses said Kunthea Routh attempted to help when she saw her sister struggling in the water, but neither could swim. Their bodies were discovered by their parents on the bank of the canal that evening, he said.