Man Murdered After Sorcery Accusation

A man in Kompong Chhnang province was killed Thursday night by a relative who accused him of sorcery, an official said.

The victim, Khleum Thoun, 49, had his neck and wrists slashed with a knife by his nephew-in-law, Duong Reach, 22, who accused the man of making his parents sick, according to Chorng Morng village chief Chot Tai.

Mr. Tai said that Khleum Thoun was widely accused of sorcery and that villagers had been shunning him for months before the murder, refusing even to eat his rice.

“His nephew-in-law and villagers were accusing the suspect of being a sorcerer who caused death to their relatives,” he said. “Even his siblings did not join his funeral.”

Chorng Morng commune deputy police chief Som Sokhom said that police are seeking to arrest Mr. Reach, who has fled.

“The suspect will be accused of murder,” he said.

At least three other people have been killed this year after being accused of sorcery, including a man in Takeo province who was beaten to death by a 600-strong mob last month.

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