Six, Including 4 Vietnamese, Charged for Fatal Beating

The Prey Veng Provincial Court on Wednesday charged six men over the fatal beating of a 33-year-old laborer on Sunday, including two relatives of a local village chief and four Vietnamese nationals, officials said.

All six were charged with intentional violence resulting in death, while the four Vietnamese men were also charged with illegally entering Cambodia, said deputy prosecutor Chhoeun Sophon.

“All of the charged persons were sent to prison,” Mr. Sophon said on Wednesday.

The six are among some 20 men who police say used wooden planks and a metal crowbar to bludgeon Seng Roatthy to death in Prey Veng’s Peamro district after he shoved the son of Village 6 chief Pang Sary into a drainage ditch during an argument.

District police chief Seng Ponlok identified the two Cambodians arrested—and now charged—as the village chief’s son Chrin Barang, 36, and his second cousin, Den Vireak, 28.

Police previously identified Mr. Vireak as the chief’s grandson. Authorities say they are still searching for the remaining suspects.

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