Jailed Khmer Rouge Leader’s Aide Arrested for Murder

A close aide of imprisoned Khmer Rouge commander Ch­houk Rin has been arrested for al­legedly killing three people between 1996 and 2000 in revenge for the killing of his father, police in Kampot province said Wed­nes­day.

Long Rin, a Khmer Rouge soldier un­der Chhouk Rin who allegedly helped hide his former commander while authorities were seeking to ar­rest him in recent months, was de­tained by police on Sunday, said Kampot deputy judicial police Chief Sao Sam Oeun.

Police suspect Long Rin, an RCAF soldier in Kep municipality, of killing the two women in 1996 be­cause he suspected they were re­sponsible for hiring a man, Hean Khet, to kill his father in 1996.

Long Rin is also suspected of then killing Hean Khet in 2000, Sao Sam Oeun said.

The 35-year-old suspect was sent to Kampot prison after he being ar­rested in Kampot’s Phnom Voar area, he said.

“We arrested Long Rin because he was suspected of killing three people in the past,” he said, saying the arrest was not related to  his relationship with Chhouk Rin, who recently was sent to Prey Sar prison.

Sao Sam Oeun said Long Rin ad­mit­ted he killed Hean Khet because he thought the 28-year-old from Kam­pong Trach district had killed his father.  The two sisters may have been motivated to hire a killer to seek revenge on Long Rin’s father, as their mother died mysteriously after she got into a land dispute with his father in the 1980s, he said.

“This was a complicated story,” he added.

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