Commission Questions Five Over Trucker Shooting

A newly formed military police commission on Tuesday questioned five people in Prey Veng province over an incident on Thursday in which a group of officers opened fire on a truck after it plowed through two checkpoints in Tbong Khmum province, an official said.

Three officers were questioned, as well as the truck driver and his assistant, who say they were hog-tied and beaten after coming under fire from pursuing police and military police officers, according to deputy provincial military police commander Kim Phanny.

“We summoned three military police officials and two truckers for questioning over the shootig…on Thursday night in Prey Veng,” he said, adding that the commission’s investigation had no fixed deadline.

The driv-er, Nen Sida, 30, and his assistant, Thoeun Noeub, 20, say they only drove through the checkpoints because they believed had been set up illegally.

“[The commission] asked me if I recognized the faces of the shooters and I told them I recognized one of them,” he said.

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