Boys To Be Quizzed About Rape of 5-Year-Old

Three Phnom Penh boys accused of raping a 5-year-old girl have been summoned to Mun­icipal Court for questioning this week—more than a month after they were expected to appear, ac­cording to court documents obtained Monday.

The court has subpoenaed two bro­thers, aged 11 and 9, and a neighbor, aged 8, who are ac­cused of raping the girl on April 13 in Meanchey district, Prek Pra commune, according to the documents provided by the mother of the accused brothers. The boys are scheduled to appear in court on Thursday and Friday.

In May, District Deputy Police Chief Em Limhel said he expected the boys would be summoned to court that month. On Monday, he could not explain the delay.

“I sent it to the court immediately after I finished the case, so now it is beyond my jurisdiction,” he said.

Ouk Savouth, Phnom Penh chief prosecutor, also could not explain the delay, but said the case is being handled by Deputy Municipal Prosecutor Yet Chak­riya. Calls to Yet Chakriya went unanswered Monday.

The boys said last month they did not rape the girl, but held her down and laid on top of her.

But Em Limhel said the boys confessed to the attack after they were arrested briefly April 29.

The girl’s mother said she be­lieves the boys raped her daughter, who now suffers from on-going abdominal pain. She is seek­ing $3,000 compensation, twice the $1,500 she initially de­manded.

The mother of the brothers defended her sons Monday, saying, “I believe that my boys did not commit such a rape be­cause…they said they did not take any clothes off. They did not touch any genitals.”

Adults accused of rape face 15 to 20 years in prison, but children under 13 years old cannot be im­prisoned.

(Additional reporting by Kim Chan and Nhem Chea Bunly)


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