‘Freedom Fighter’ Charged With Drug Trafficking

A former police official and member of the Cambodian Freedom Fighters (CFF) was charged with drug trafficking alongside two associates on Thurs­day afternoon, court officials said on Friday.

A prosecutor and investigating judge at the Kampot Pro­vincial Court questioned all three suspects, who had been arrested by Kompong Trach district police on Tuesday, and concluded that they were drug traffickers, said Man Boreth, a court spokes­man.

The men were sent to the Kampot Provincial Prison to await trial, Mr. Boreth said.

The three suspects were identified earlier in the week as Ma Soben, 61, a former first deputy provincial police chief in Stung Treng province who was released from prison in December after serving 15 years over his membership in the CFF; Noun Sreynam, 60; and Kuoy Tith, 29.

A CFF attack in Phnom Penh on November 24, 2000, killed eight people and led to 200 arrests.

Two police officials in Stung Treng—pro­vincial police chief Mao Dara and his deputy, In Chiva—declined to comment on Mr. Soben’s past.

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