A Funcinpec RCAF major is in police custody accused of being involved in an April rocket attack in Koh Kong province that authorities have linked to the Cambodian Freedom Fighters, police said Monday.
Keo Teng, 49, was arrested May 19 in Siem Reap province and accused of being a member of an armed group. He was transferred to the custody of Koh Kong provincial police pending trial, said Nhiek Keo, Siem Reap’s deputy police chief.
Nhiek Keo said the RCAF officer was linked to the April 11 attack on a ferry crossing in Botum Sakor district’s Andung Teuk village, where police discovered two B-40 rockets attached to a ferry and then exchanged fire with a group of ragtag assailants. District Police Chief Kong Sok
horn was wounded in the attack.
Authorities arrested four suspects and blamed the attack on the CFF, the US-based rebel group that has vowed to topple Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government.
Keo Sun, a Koh Kong prosecutor, on Monday accused Keo Teng of being one of the principal planners of the attack and said several other suspects remain at large. But Funcinpec and opposition groups, as well as many human rights groups, have been skeptical of CFF allegations in the past, charging the arrests have targeted those critical of the ruling CPP.
In a separate investigation in February, police arrested Sou Kim, who ran as a Funcinpec candidate for parliament last year in Pailin, and accused of him of plotting a CFF attack in Koh Kong.