Five days after Chea Thea, a son of CPP President Chea Sim, allegedly shot up a Sihanoukville restaurant, charges against him have not been filed.
Police officials said Thursday that the owner of the damaged Lucky Beer Garden, Lim Bun, did not file a complaint with the authorities because he is afraid for his personal safety.
Meanwhile, a top provincial police official said that “police have filed a report and the case is kept at the commissioner’s office.”
But Em Bun San, Sihanoukville’s police commissioner, claimed “the report is not in my hands.”
When asked about the case Thursday, one of Chea Thea’s relatives said, “I know nothing, I am busy in my work.”
After a dispute between the owner of the Lucky Beer Garden and Chea Thea, the official’s son and a group of bodyguards allegedly used three AK-47s to damage the restaurant on Aug 29. No one was injured, police said.
On Tuesday, Kunthea Borei, chief of protocol for Chea Sim, also the Senate president, said that Chea Sim is aware of the situation and is investigating reports of his son’s involvement.
This incident comes a month after Nhim Pisey, a nephew of Prime Minister Hun Sen, was arrested and jailed for firing his gun and injuring two people outside a Phnom Penh nightclub.
“Just because you are a prime minister’s child or nephew, you cannot commit anything at whim, no,” Hun Sen said July 31. “Law is law and all must be equal before it.”