Attempting to sabotage his ex-wife’s marriage to another man, a Kampot province man and 50 of his friends stormed the wedding ceremony Monday morning, refusing to concede that his marriage was over, a local military police official said.
Mak Rithy, 31, stalled the groom, Ly Sokheng, 25, from parading toward the home of his bride-to-be, while Mak Rithy’s friends dismantled loudspeakers, a generator and other equipment set up for the wedding party, Deputy Banteay Meas district military police Commander Neak Oeun said.
Mak Rithy and the bride, Muong Thavy, 21, divorced in 2002, but neither received a certificate from the court, Neak Oeun said.
Claiming their marriage was not yet officially over, Mak Rithy got into a brief scuffle with his ex-wife’s new suitor, but no one was hurt.
The wedding was halted for more than four hours until the bride finally paid Mak Rithy $750 to leave.
“The wedding was illegal,” the district military police commander agreed. “But the first [husband] just tried to bother the wedding for money, not out of his heart.”
Despite the disruption, Muong Thavy and Ly Sokheng were successfully married later on Monday, Neak Oeun said.