Adhoc to Appeal to Gov’t for Help in Shooting Case

Rights group Adhoc on Wednesday said it would lodge complaints with the government and courts over the case of an armed security guard working for a rubber company in Mondolkiri province who injured a local trapper when he fired his AK-47 assault rifle into the ground.

Tek Ngiem and a group of fellow villagers were checking animal traps in a forested area of Pech Chreada district on Saturday when they were confronted and told to turn back by a group of armed security guards working for the Khmer Rubber company.

As the villagers began walking away, one of the guards fired at the ground in their direction, causing an object—whether it is the bullet or a rock fragment remains unclear—to become lodged in Mr. Ngiem’s hip.

Police say the suspected shooter fled the scene and remains at large.

At a press conference in Phnom Penh on Wednesday, Adhoc’s head of human rights and legal aid, Ny Chakrya, said the organization would file complaints with the Appeal Court, the National Assembly and Prime Minister Hun Sen’s cabinet on Thursday.

“We will file complaints with those institutions [today] to ask for intervention and justice for the victim,” he said.

The rights group brought Mr. Ngiem to Phnom Penh for medical care Wednesday after his wound went untreated for several days at the Mondolkiri provincial hospital. Khmer Rubber could not be reached.

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