Deputy Police Chief’s Son Is Accused of a Brutal Beating

A complaint has been filed with Stung Treng provincial police ac­cusing a police officer and his fam­ily of brutally beating a 30-year-old man in Stung Treng City, police, a rights group and the victim’s family said yesterday.

Say Pheakdey, a provincial po­lice officer and son of deputy prov­incial police chief Keo Sa­khorn, along with members of his family, allegedly attacked Kaing Bun Ien after a dispute over a card game on Tuesday night in Stung Treng commune, the victim’s sister, Kaing Siventha, said.

“Say Pheakdey and several mem­bers of his family beat my brother until he passed out and then dragged him into their house where they proceeded to tie him up and torture him,” Ms Siventha said, adding that her brother had sustained injuries to his head and torso and was currently receiving medical attention at home.

“I have filed a complaint with the police, but no action has been taken to arrest the police officers who attacked my brother,” Ms Siventha said.

“I think the police are scared to arrest Say Pheakdey because his father is powerful, but I don’t want compensation, I want the suspect in prison. I want justice for my brother,” she added.

Bun Thang, another deputy provincial police chief, said that the incident would be investigated, but he declined to comment further.

Hou Sam Ol, a provincial monitor at rights group Adhoc, said he was concerned that those responsible had not yet been arrested.

“It was illegal for police officers to beat and torture the villager,” he said. “It is a serious case, and the police who committed the offense should be sent to court.”

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