Kompong Chhnang Provincial Court on Saturday charged two security guards with intentional killing in the fatal shooting of a local fisherman at a private fishing lot, police and court officials said yesterday.
Chem Choeun, 27, and Chet Chuy, 26, employed as guards at fishing lot 10 in Kompong Chhnang’s Kompong Leng district, were also provisionally detained on charges that stem from 29-year-old Saing Thy’s death.
“They all were charged with intentional killing,” said Kompong Chhnang Provincial Prosecutor Penh Vibol. “They are held in prison for further investigation.”
Mr Thy was shot with an AK-47 assault riffle as he was pulling in his fishing net early Thursday morning and died on his way to the hospital.
Police had identified a third suspect, the son of the fishing lot’s owner, but have only publicly referred to him as Mr Sry.
Mr Sry, who was on the same boat with the two arrested men but managed to escape, is believed to have ordered the shooting in Chrolong village in Dar commune, Mr Vibol said.
Mr Vibol said the investigating judge will continue to investigate Mr Sry’s involvement.
“We are also waiting for the court’s arrest of the son of the fishing lot owner,” said Chim Bunthoeun, provincial police chief.
Mr Thy was shot once at close range. The bullet entered his left shin and lodged in his left thigh as he crouched in his fishing boat, according to police.
On Friday, police confiscated two AK-47s that belonged to RCAF Region 4 based in Kompong Chhnang province, and one was allegedly used by Mr Cheoun to shoot the victim, said Mr Bunthoeun. Police are also investigating how the fishing lot acquired the weapons.
Chhour Chandoeun, commander of RCAF Region 4, could not be reached for comment.
Sam Chankea, Kompong Chhnang provincial coordinator of local rights group Adhoc, said Monday that his office will launch an investigation today into the death and will push for the arrest of Mr Sry.