Trial Set for Suspects in CNRP Politician Beatings

Three soldiers who were arrested in November over the beating of two opposition lawmakers outside parliament will go on trial on April 28, according a schedule released by the court.

Investigating authorities have refused to reveal what military unit the men come from, claiming that they went rogue when they beat CNRP lawmakers Nhay Chamroeun and Kong Saphea at a protest on October 26 calling for the removal of deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha as the National Assembly’s vice president.

The suspects—Chay Sarith, 33; Mao Hoeun, 34; and Suth Vanny, 45—allegedly were part of a group of protesters who pulled the lawmakers out of their SUVs and stomped and kicked them in the head, prompting the pair to seek emergency medical care in Bangkok. Choung Choungy, a lawyer representing the lawmakers, said it was too soon for the court to close its investigation.

“There are many people involved, but I feel sorry that the court did not investigate to find more involved people,” he said.

Neang Panha, a lawyer for the accused, said he had been notified of the trial date and planned to attend the hearing.

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