Court Charges Four Over Beating of Chinese Men

The Preah Sihanouk Provincial Court on Monday charged four Cam­bodians with seriously beating two Chinese men after one of them hit and killed a local man with his van in Sihanoukville on Friday, police said.

Nhet Phoan, chief of the provincial police’s serious crimes bureau, said that Mao Sambath, 23, a security guard; Ang Sanrang, 30, a karaoke parlor supervisor; Nea Vutha, 25, a street vendor; and Mut Vannak, 30, a moto-taxi driver, were charged with intentional violence with aggravating circumstance and intentionally causing damage.

“Investigating Judge Sok Soeun decided to charge all of them with the two crimes,” Mr. Phoan said. “We already sent them to pretrial detention at provincial prison.”

Deputy provincial police chief Kol Phally said the Chinese man who had been driving the van, 35-year-old Chen Zhen Ziang, would likely be charged with dangerous driving resulting in death when he regained consciousness.

“Our traffic police are observing him, because he has serious head injuries and remains in treatment at a hospital in Phnom Penh,” he said.

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