2 More Arrested Over VN Monument Bombing

Police have arrested two more Khmer Krom men for their alleged involvement in last month’s failed attempt to bomb the Vietnam-Cam­bodia friendship monument in Phnom Penh, police officials said Friday.

Chhay Sinarith, director of the In­ter­ior Ministry’s central information de­partment, said the men were ar­rested in Kompong Speu prov­ince’s Phnom Sruoch district Thurs­day evening on warrants is­sued by Phnom Penh Municipal Court In­ves­tigating Judge Ke Sakhorn.

Chhay Sinarith said the two men were implicated in the monument bombing on Thursday by Sok Kim Sovath, a Khmer Krom man from Battambang province arrested Tuesday who police claim was the plot’s “ringleader.”

“After the court questioning [of Sok Kim Sovath], they were in­volved at the place that produced the explosives,” he said of the ar­rested men. “The suspects have con­fessed everything,” he added.

Chhay Sinarith said the two men —whose names he said he could not recall—would be sent to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Sat­urday. He added that Sok Kim So­vath had been charged by the court Thurs­day and was being de­tained in Prey Sar prison.

Ke Sakhorn could not be reach­ed for comment and Phnom Penh Dep­uty Prosecutor Sok Roeun de­clined to comment.

Ma Saphon, police chief of Phnom Sruoch’s Treng Trayoeng commune, said the men were ar­rested mid-day Thursday by provincial and Interior Ministry police.

Soeung Senkaruna, an investigator for the Khmer Kampuchea Krom Human Rights Organization, said that the families of the two men had contacted his NGO looking for assistance, but declined to comment further on the arrests.

Thursday’s arrests bring the num­ber of suspects detained for the failed bombing attempt to five—all of them Khmer Krom. The monument escaped unscathed during the July 29 attack, when a small ex­plosive detonated but two larger de­vic­es failed to go off.

 

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