Officers Charged for Chasing Timber-Laden Van

Five police, military police and military officers were charged by the Kompong Cham Provincial Court on Saturday after firing their guns into the air while chasing a timber-laden van and piling the wood into their own cars last week, according to a police official.

Six off-duty officers from Tbong Khmum province were arrested on Wednesday after chasing the van into neighboring Kompong Cham province, but one military police officer was released after it was determined it was “not his intention to chase the van,” deputy provincial police chief Heng Sambath said on Monday.

Kompong Cham provincial prosecutor spokesman Hout Vuthy on Monday declined to say what the men were charged with.

Last week, Mr. Sambath said the officers stood accused of illegal weapons possession or of being accomplices after 18 planks of first-grade wood and two AK-47 assault rifles were found in their vehicles. The five—1 from the police and military police and 3 from the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces—were being provisionally detained at the provincial prison, Mr. Sambath said.  

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