Ministry Identifies Cambodian Woman Murdered in South Korea

A Cambodian woman who was allegedly murdered in South Korea by her Korean husband in an attempt to cash in on 26 life-insurance policies he took out on her was Thursday identified by the Foreign Affairs Ministry, which said the government was taking steps to secure compensation for the woman’s family.

An article published in Thursday’s Korea JoongAng Daily quotes South Korean police as saying that the suspect, a 45-year-old man named only as “Lee,” drugged his pregnant Cambodian wife before deliberately crashing his car into a parked truck while she sat in the passenger seat in the early hours of August 23.

“The case was almost filed away as a tragic accident until the police learned that Lee had taken out 26 life insurance policies for his wife which would pay out a total 9.6 billion won ($8,640,864),” the article says.

A statement released Thursday by the Foreign Affairs Ministry identified the victim as Y Silen, originally from Trea commune in Tbong Khmum province’s Kroch Chhmar district.

“The female victim…got married and lived with her Korean husband from 2008 until now, and they had a 5-year-old daughter,” ministry spokesman Koy Kuong said in the statement, adding that the girl was not with her parents at the time of the crash.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has advised the Cambodian Embas- sy [in Seoul] to file a complaint to demand compensation for the corpse’s family and compensation to support the daughter,” he said.

“In regard to this case, Her Excellency the President of the Republic of Korea [Park Geun-hye] is very interested, and some famous Korean television stations plan to come to Cambodia to film and interview the family of the dead woman,” he added.

On Wednesday, Suth Dina, Cambodia’s ambassador to South Korea said he had been working closely with South Korean police to verify the exact circumstances of Y Silen’s death.

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